MURIEL
MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D’UN RETOUR
1963, Argos Films, 116 min, France, Italy, Dir: Alain Resnais

Arguably his greatest masterpiece (and one of the most unjustly neglected films of the past 40 years), director Alain Resnais’ third feature could be described as an expressionist cityscape of Boulogne in 1962, within the context of the Algerian war. It's also the story of Hélène (Delphine Seyrig) attempting to seduce her old lover, Alphonse, while her stepson is driven to murder in memory of "Muriel" whom we never see. For his first color film, "Resnais uses a color scheme reminiscent of Flash Gordon, with lush greens and reds throughout." - John Kreidl, Alain Resnais. In French with English subtitles.


MON ONCLE D'AMERIQUE
MY AMERICAN UNCLE
1980, New World, 125 min, France, Dir: Alain Resnais

One of Alain Resnais’ biggest critical and commercial successes illustrates the radical theories of human behavioral scientist Henri Laborit by comically studying the interwoven stories of a factory manager (Gerard Depardieu), an aspiring actress (Nicole Garcia) and a politician (Roger Pierre). The thoughts and emotions of the fictional characters are magically "mirrored" by clips of three of France’s most famous movie stars - Jean Gabin, Jean Marais and Danielle Darrieux. Wonderfully written by Jean Gruault. In French with English subtitles.


LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
L'ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD
1961, Rialto Pictures, 94 min, France, Italy, Dir: Alain Resnais

This classic film traces the elliptical affair between a husband, a wife and her lover. They wander through a baroque castle and a futurist garden where there is no clear distinction between reality and phantasm, past and present. Delphine Seyrig moves like a silent diva through this haunted world of silhouettes, shadows and murmurs. In French with English subtitles.


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