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Last Year at Marienbad (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on June 26, 2009

I don’t want to say anything about Marienbad.  I’ve written about it before, and now I feel like talking about it takes away its power (I’m even reluctant to watch the bonus features or read the booklet).  Instead, I’ll talk about a silly idea I had while watching it.  With Delphine Seyrig popping up over and over again in so many influential films, I thought “she’s like the queen of new wave”.  Then I started building a “French New Wave card deck” in my mind.  The Queens were easy: Seyrig, Jeanne Moreau, Anna Karina and Catherine Deneuve.  The Kings (directors) were a little tougher.  Truffaut and Godard, of course.  And Resnais, since his movie gave me this kooky notion in the first place.  I wanted to put Bresson in there, but he really predates the New Wave.  So let’s say Rohmer, even though there’s a lot of his work I’m not familiar with.  And for Jacks (actors), Jean-Pierre Leaud and Jean-Paul Belmondo immediately came to mind.  Then Alain Delon.  But I can’t think of anyone of the same stature for the 4th Jack.  I finally settled on Trintignant.  Rating: 10


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