Last Year at Marienbad Author:Alain Robbe-Grillet Text by Alain Robbe-Grillet for the film by Alain Resnais — Winner of the Golden Lion award as the best picture of the 1961 Venice Film Festival, this exceptional and controversial work brings together one of France's leading novelists and its most talented young film director. Their collaboration - which the author describes in detail in his In... more »troduction to this volume - has resulted in what has been hailed as "the most important motion picture in twenty years ... the beginning of a new era in film making." (New York Times)
Set in an enormous, glacial chateau-hotel somewhere in Germany - "a universe of marble and stucco, columns, moldings, gilded ceilings, statues, motionless servants" - the film has only three principal and nameless characters: the heroine, A; her lover, or would-be lover, X; and a companion, who may be her husband, M. X attempts to convince A that they have had an affair "last year at Marienbad," that she has made him promise to wait a year for her, and that now she must break off with M and keep her pact with X.
Suppressing the linear plot and classic flashbacks of the "old-fashioned cinema," Resnais and Robbe-Grillet have decided to "trust the spectator" and make a film in which past and present, memory and reality, fact and fiction are juxtaposed without transition or explanation. The result is a revolutionary, sometimes disconcerting, always fascinating work of art.« less