Rating: NNNNNMEMORY, MONTAGE, MODERNISM: THE FILMS OF ALAIN RESNAIS offers a stiff corrective to brainless summer blockbusters. Resnais's 50-year body.
MEMORY, MONTAGE, MODERNISM: THE FILMS OF ALAIN RESNAIS offers a stiff corrective to brainless summer blockbusters. Resnais’s 50-year body of work springs from a powerfully tall forehead, and concerns itself with the nuances of time, the vagaries of memory and the subtle betrayals that pass between people. Novels cover this turf every day, but in cinema Resnais still stands in the vanguard. Cinematheque Ontario’s Resnais retrospective includes all the important films, and kicks off Tuesday night (July 4) with art-house classics Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year At Marienbad, surely this summer’s most challenging double bill. Later, make sure to seek out the rarer titles, including Muriel and Providence, which stars John Gielgud and Dirk Bogarde wrapping impressive, extreme performances around playwright David Mercer’s language, and Resnais’s essential meditation on the Holocaust, Night And Fog. The most recent film, On Connait La Chanson, is a frothy lip-synched musical romance, and clobbers with French whimsy. NNNN (July 4-August 4, Cinematheque Ontario)