Launch of 'Le Ciné Club'
On Sunday 17 March at Palace Cinema Como, 6pm
Last Year at Marienbad
L'Année Dernière à Marienbad
This year the Alliance Française is proud to be launching a once-monthly series of classic French film screenings called Le Ciné Club! Join us for the inaugural event which will be paired with a glass of wine and canapés, and followed by a Q&A with senior film lecturer Sian Mitchell.
Over half a century has passed; yet, Alain Resnais’ (Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959; You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, AF FFF2013) para-surrealist masterpiece is as powerful today as when originally released at the height of the French New Wave. In a rare cinematic event, the Festival presents Last Year in Marienbad the way it was intended – on the big screen – newly restored from the 35mm print into a digital cinema package supported by the fashion house, Chanel, also responsible for designing Delphine Seyrig’s gowns.
Set within a breathtakingly ornate Baroque mansion seemingly frozen in time, which the camera captures through continuous panning of its
sumptuous interiors, Last Year at Marienbad focuses on two central, unnamed characters – one a French woman and an Italian man.
They may have been lovers at the hotel the previous year but the woman denies knowing him, while another man – possibly her husband –
asserts his dominance by constantly challenging and beating the Italian man at the mathematical game of nim.
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