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New Meetup: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD @ LACMA, Friday, 10/2, 7:30 PM

From: Lindsie
Sent on: Monday, September 21, 2009 2:18 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD @ LACMA, Friday, 10/2, 7:30 PM

When: October 2,[masked]:00 PM

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

If you're like me, you've heard a lot about this movie, but have never seen it. You've heard that it's difficult, inscrutable, groundbreaking, brilliant, breathtaking, confusing, French New Wave, and even...artistic. Maybe it's all of these things, but maybe it's a piece of totally pretentious crap, too. One way to find out is to sit in LACMA's Classic Film Series time machine and take a look at a new print with me. The movie is followed by two of Renais' short films from the same period, described below...

Dinner and parking details to follow...

Showtime is at 7:30. Admission is $10 general, $7 for members. Tickets are available from LACMA online, but they charge $2 extra for the service, so I wouldn't bother. There's no way that this is going to sell out...:)

Here's a review from The New York Times (1961), and a trailer from New York's Film Forum screening last year.

THE SYNOPSES: Last Year at Marienbad 1961/b&w/93 min./Scope | Scr: Alain Robbe-Grillet; dir: Alain Resnais; w/ Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pito?ff.

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Resnais's epochal second feature has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Before its U.S. debut in 1962, The New York Times called it the "most controversial French film ever produced" while a week of pre-release, fundraiser screenings at MoMA provided guests with programs that read, "The film you are about to see will, in all probability, upset every normal viewing habit you have formed." Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet-the radical master of the nouveau roman received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay-this sumptuous waking dream lucidly fuses the past with the present (and maybe even the future) as it recounts the mysterious romance between bachelor Albertazzi and married Seyrig. They may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cavernous manor they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in its enigmatic details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and nearly supernatural scope, Resnais's investigation into the nature of memory is an unparalleled cinematic experience.

Toute la m?moire du monde (All the World's Memory) and Le Chant du styr?ne 1956/b&w/22 min. | 1958/color/19 min./Scope

In his 1956 short, Resnais channels Borges as he glides through Paris's labyrinthine Biblioth?que Nationale, which at the time housed some six million books and five million prints, and contemplates it as both a supreme ornament of civilization and a representation of the mind's inner workings. Le Chant du styrene was hailed by Godard as Resnais's "fantastic farewell to the short film." Commissioned by the Pechiney Corporation and filmed in their ultramodern polystyrene factory, it traces the production of plastics?from finished product back through the primeval raw material from which it derives?with the lighthearted vim of an Astaire and Rogers musical number.

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