Melbourne Cinematheque: Resnais Take Two

4 May

Stavisky

And it is back to France through the eyes of Alain Resnais we go.

Wednesday evening shall be starting with the well-known but rarely-screened 1968 masterpiece, Je t’aime, je t’aime. Tapping into his recurring images of time, memory, and loss Resnais literally goes back in time in Je t’aime, je t’aime. Claude, after a failed suicide attempt is handed over to scientists to trial a new time-travelling experiment. Claude, through Resnais’ use of Surrealist elements and montage, is now forced to endure his failed relationship with Catrine and the events leading up to his botched suicide. Again. And again. And again.

Following this is a look at the 1956 short Toute la mѐmoire du monde; an homage to France’s Bibliothѐque Nationale which also contains the strong surrealist visuals that Resnais later refined in Je t’aime, je t’aime.

To end: Stavisky. Based on the 1930s business dealings of financer Alexandre Stavinsky, and the deadly riots that followed, Resnais follows the last months of the life of the man that caused two prime ministers to resign and a change of government. Interspersed with scenes from the past and the future, Resnais made the film in 1974 but shot the film using cameras and techniques that would have been available in the 1930s. [Ed: and Yves Saint Laurent designed the vintage outifts!]

Melbourne Cinematheque plays every Wednesday at ACMI. Select ‘Cinematheque’ under categories to read Eleanor’s previous entries.

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