Film - Feature | March 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Once again I walk, once again, along these corridors, across these salons, these galleries, in this edifice from another century, this huge, luxurious, baroque hotel . . . The incantatory voice-over narration could be the voice of Sacha Viernys camera as it travels through time, past the statues and statuesque beings-in-timethe charactersin this masterpiece of mise-en-scène. Some critics interpreted Marienbads labyrinthine gardens as a dreamscape, others as a landscape of the mind that rejects cause and effect. Still, why not take it at face value? A man attempts to convince a woman (Delphine Seyrig) that, a year ago, they met and fell in love at a European spa, perhaps Marienbad where they are now. The seamless integration of past and present is central to Alain Resnaiss films, but, as author-screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet said, The image is always in the present tense.