Still crazy after all these years

Posted by · 10:53 am · August 16th, 2009

In the course of my daily rummaging, I happened upon this beautiful French one-sheet (pictured left) for Alain Resnais’s “Wild Grass”  that instantly takes the lead in my personal “poster of the year” race. (The film, as we recently mentioned, has the honor of opening the New York Film Festival.)

Wild GrassLast Year at Marienbad

Placing it next to the rather lovely design for last year’s re-release of Resnais’s 1961 masterpiece “Last Year at Marienbad” raises my hopes that Resnais has lost none of his playful eccentricity in his seven (count ’em, seven) decades of feature filmmaking. It’s pretty astonishing to be making films at all at 87; if he’s making interesting ones, so much the better. Looking forward to this one.

On a side tangent, I was thinking this morning just how incredible (and wonderful) it is that “Last Year at Marienbad” actually managed to grab a 1961 Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay. Nominated alongside it? Ingmar Bergman for “Through a Glass Darkly.”

Both were beaten by “Divorce Italian Style,” which is not as hard to believe as the fact that the Academy once saw fit to nominate three foreign-language screenplays in the category. When will that ever happen again? And what are the odds of them daring to nominate a surreal, subtitled mindfuck along the lines of “Marienbad” these days?

Awarding “Talk to Her” is about as adventurous a move they’ve made in this, or any other, category lately — and I’m grateful for it — but still, we’re talking a whole different realm of accessibility there. Anyway, an idle thought for a Sunday afternoon.

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  • 1 8-16-2009 at 7:22 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Lots of foreign screenplays nominated throughout the 50s and 60s…

    La Dolce Vita, Il Generale Della Rovere, Ballad of a Soldier, 8½, Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli, Sundays and Cybele, The Organizer, That Man from Rio, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Casanova ’70, Woman in the Dunes, A Man and a Woman, The Battle of Algiers, Z, and The Damned.

    And that’s just the 60s. Seriously.

  • 2 8-16-2009 at 8:06 pm

    Chase Kahn said...

    “Marienbad” is just amazing. New Wave meets David Lynch.

    Foreign films are outcast way too easily these days in regards to awards, I agree.

  • 3 8-16-2009 at 10:13 pm

    slayton said...

    I stumbled upon that poster while checking out MovieposterDB yesterday. It’s definitely a memorable one; I also like both Alicia Scherson’s “Tourists”/”Turistas” poster (which you can find on the film’s official site) and Ernesto Contreras’s “Blue Eyelids”/”Parpados Azules” poster.