MURIEL
MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D’UN RETOUR
1963, Argos Films, 116 min, France, Italy, Dir: Alain Resnais

Arguably his greatest masterpiece (and one of the most unjustly neglected films of the past 40 years), director Alain Resnais’ third feature could be described as an expressionist cityscape of Boulogne in 1962, within the context of the Algerian war. It's also the story of Hélène (Delphine Seyrig) attempting to seduce her old lover, Alphonse, while her stepson is driven to murder in memory of "Muriel" whom we never see. For his first color film, "Resnais uses a color scheme reminiscent of Flash Gordon, with lush greens and reds throughout." - John Kreidl, Alain Resnais. In French with English subtitles.


LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD
L'ANNEE DERNIERE A MARIENBAD
1961, Rialto Pictures, 94 min, France, Italy, Dir: Alain Resnais

This classic film traces the elliptical affair between a husband, a wife and her lover. They wander through a baroque castle and a futurist garden where there is no clear distinction between reality and phantasm, past and present. Delphine Seyrig moves like a silent diva through this haunted world of silhouettes, shadows and murmurs. In French with English subtitles.


THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE
1972, Rialto Pictures, 102 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

This later Luis Buñuel masterpiece and 1973 Best Foreign-Language Oscar winner is a return to the subversive director’s Surrealist roots and a showcase for his scrumptiously satirical wit. A sextet of upper-class friends (including Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel) attempt to dine together but are continually stalled by a streaming series of vaudevillian events, both real and dreamed. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.


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