CriterionCast

Episode 49 – Alain Resnais’ Last Year At Marienbad

This is the podcast dedicated to the Criterion Collection. Rudie Obias, Ryan Gallagher, Travis George & James McCormick discuss Criterion News & Rumors and Criterion New Releases, they also analyze, discuss & highlight Criterion #478 Alain Resnais’ 1961 film, Last Year At Marienbad.

SPECIAL GUEST: Moises Chiullan – The Arthouse Cowboy at Hollywood Elsewhere.

Last Year At Marienbad

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Show Notes:

(00:00 – 00:26; Fantastic Fest Promo)

(00:27 – 00:44; “A United Theory” by God Help The Girl)

(00:45 – 02:23; The CriterionCast – Episode 049 – Last Year At Marienbad – CC #478)

[NEWS & RUMORS]

(02:24 – 11:17; Apple TV Returns)

(11:18 – 16:22; Epix & Netflix Make An Epic Deal)

[CRITERION NEW RELEASES]

(16:22 – 24:49; Ken Loach’s Kes To Join The Criterion Collection?)

(24:50 – 25:34; Break Music by Carlos Segovia)

[FEATURE FILM]

(25:35 – 1:28:02; Alain Resnais’ Last Year At Marienbad – CC #478)

(1:28:03 – 1:28:50; Break Music by Carlos Segovia)

[Variations On a Theme]

(1:28:51 – 1:30:22; Variations On a Theme – Non-Linear Movies)

(1:30:23 – 1:38:24; Groundhog Day – Moises Chiullan)

(1:38:25 – 1:42:55; Elephant – Travis George)

(1:42:56 – 1:48:48; Duck Amuck – James McCormick)

(1:48:49 – 1:52:40; Ryan Gallagher’s Thoughts on Non-Linear Movies)

[CREDITS]

(1:52:41 – 1:55:03; Wrap Up, Contact Info & Credits)

(1:55:04 – 1:55:20; Next – Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 film, The King of Kings – CC #266)

(1:55:21 – 1:55:33; Goodbyes)

(1:55:34 – 1:56:14; “Working Poor” by Horse Feathers)

(1:56:15 – 1:58:12; Outtakes!!)

Music Credits:

Intro Music by God Help The Girl. Learn more on iTunes and their website, GodHelpTheGirl.com.

Break Music by Carlos Segovia. Learn more @ GhostRamps.com.

Outro Music by Horse Feathers. Learn more on iTunes and their MySpace Page, MySpace.com/HorseFeathersMusic.

Ryan Gallagher

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3 comments

  • Hey guys. I just finished listening to this episode – it was great to hear all five of you chiming in on this classic, intimidating film and come up with such different yet strong reactions to it.

    Personally, I love it – but it is definitely one you need to go into with the right mindframe. If you’re set on rigorously trying to figure out what it all means, then I definitely think you’ll miss a lot of the film’s pleasures – and go against what the filmmkaers set out to do, as Resnais explains in a lot of the material about the film that’s out there. I particularly enjoy Marienbad because it invites you as an individual to engage with the film and what it presents based on your own ideas, opinions and beliefs. I have a great time fashioning my own interpretation of what is true and what isn’t regarding X’s connection to A – personally, I believe that X really didn’t have a close connection to A at all “last year,” and is trying desperately to seduce and convince her, and manipulate her memories, with his words. In my opinion, it’s a film about memory, yearning, a con game and, to a degree, storytelling – but that’s just me. Someone else can wind up with a completely different interpretation of the film and be just as content with their take on it. Ultimately, I think Marienbad really works its magic best once the viewer opens him/herself up to it and plays around with the events and characters in his/her mind according to his/her own thoughts.

  • This was a good episode. It was great to hear different opinions and very different standpoints, it’s getting fairly boring if everything is great and everybody agrees.

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