Restored 35mm print!

“A relentless explorer, he saw each new work as a challenge, as an invitation to discover the medium's infinite possibilities.”—Richard Peña, on the late Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais’s enduring cinematic puzzle Last Year at Marienbad won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1961. Since then, it has consistently mystified, hypnotized, and ensorcelled audiences everywhere. Its setup is simple, its plane of existence is not. A man and a woman meet at an elegant chateau. Have they encountered each other before or is this the first time? Is the meeting real or is it imagined?

The Film Society is proud to present, for one week only, an essential work from one of cinema’s true masters.

“One of the most influential movies ever made.”—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

“A gorgeous puzzle box of a movie.”—Mark Harris, The New York Times

“Seeing the film again, and succumbing, like a dance partner, to its gliding moves, one has to ask: how could a film this beautiful ever have been thought unapproachable?”—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker