What do you say when one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time passes away?
Following an absolutely groundbreaking sixty-six-year career, Hiroshima mon amour and Last Year at Marienbad filmmaker Alain Resnais passed away in Paris last Saturday. His final film, Life of Riley, recently premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
Despite being about ten years older than French directors like Jean-Luc Godard or Francois Truffaut, Resnais was often lumped in with the Nouvelle Vague movement in the 1960s. Resnais seemed to belong to a much broader wave of Left Bank intellectualism than his French cinematic brethren and, with Hiroshima mon amour, introduced Modernism to the cinema the likes of which—in this writer’s opinion—hasn’t been matched since.
Read the New York Times’ impassioned obituary here, and if you’re in the New York area definitely try to make it out to the Film Society where they are screening a newly restored 35mm print of Marienbad for one week only in honor of Resnais. Info and showtimes can be found here. His films Mon Oncle d’Amerique and Night and Fog are streaming on Hulu Plus and his penultimate film, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, is streaming on Netflix.