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One of the most famous films of the French New Wave. Truffaut structures his story and cuts the film in a way that challenges the existing film conventions. Although, it is not in any way what you could call experimental in truly breaking down narrative and cinematic rules. For two decades we follow this love triangle between Catherine, Jules, and Jim. German Jules (Werner) and French Jim (Serre) find themselves on opposite sides of WWI when it breaks out. Jules is a soldier. Jim is a journalist. Before and after the war, Catherine (Moreau) is ever fickle. She wants both men to love her. Even though neither of the men are completely satisfied to have only part of her heart, they never fight. Their bond of brotherhood is too strong to settle the issue with raised voices and fists. Catherine eventually marries Jules and has a daughter, but she is endlessly restless. The film has an all encompassing feeling of freedom about it with lots of camera motion, but with an unhappy, dissatisfied edge lurking under the surface. Made and released in the very early 60s, even though the film takes place 30-50 years earlier, I could see how this film may have inspired the free love movement.
Baroque and fractured picture. As if the camera is absentmindedly staring at the ornate accents of this French hotel, the garden outside, and the guests who often stand like mannequins without speaking. Resnais' film is only an hour and a half, but for most of the viewing public probably feels twice as long. The slim narrative thread involves a woman, her jealous boyfriend or husband, and a man who keeps trying to make her remember the time they spent together last year in Marienbad. The plot doesn't really matter, but that doesn't prevent audiences from coming up with dozens of interpretations for what is really happening. Is everyone dead, is this limbo? Was the woman raped and her mind is suffering amnesia under the trauma? Are they all inanimate sculptures around the hotel? In this surreal movie, we repeatedly hear the man cataloging this same set of items around the hotel, "Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, three, two, one, zero. Glass partition, letters." I found it interesting, also, that the man repeatedly challenges other guests to a game that he cannot lose. What deeper meaning does all of this reveal? Frankly, I don't want to spend any more brain power trying to figure it out.
I've read all the books, and even though it takes liberties with a few things, I still love it. In this most well-known adaptation, the special effects for the time, the technicolor, the quotable lines, and the simple values of brain, heart, courage, and home are what make it great. It'll always be my favorite!
This was a Disney after-school TV series, but the first few (to-be-continued) episodes were edited together to make this feature length video. It's not what you'd expect from a Disney cartoon- it's darker, more dramatic, a great mix of sci-fi and fantasy. As the series progresses more and more mythical and Shakespearian characters pop up and many Star Trek actors provide their voices. From animation voice actor regulars like Thom Adcox-Hernadez, Kath Soucie, Ed Gilbert, Bill Fagerbakke, Jeff Bennett and Frank Welker to more familiar faces like Clancy Brown, Edward Asner, Sallie Richardson, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes and Keith David the cast is stunning. I stand by my 5-star rating for the story of these heroes!