Saturday, October 10, 2009

Alain Resnais - 10/19/09

Alain Resnais is a French documentary film director who made films alongside the critic-turned-filmmakers of the French New Wave (Francois Truffaut and Jean Luc-Godard) but he is more precisely a part of the filmmaking and literary community of the Left Bank, which included Agnes Varda, Jacques Demy, and Chris Marker. He is perhaps best known for his films of the 50's and 60's: Night and Fog (1955), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), which all deal with themes of memory and trauma. His films are typified by innovative techniques that he used to great effect to describe subjectivity and unconventional experiments with temporality. His work through the 70's and 80's did not bring him great critical success but his more recent films Smoking/No Smoking (1993) and Coeurs (2006) returned him to critical favor.

clip from Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

clip from Guernica (1950)

clip from Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

scene from Resnais's most recent film Coeurs (2006)

clip from an interview with Alain Resnais

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