Alain Resnais

This weekend, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, begins its Alain Resnais retrospective. The films playing over the weekend are extremely relevant to the themes and issues we have been exploring in class lately. Friday – Sunday, they will be showing Hiroshima mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad, and Muriel – three films that deny the audience an experience of an external or stabilized point of view. Muriel in particular, “remains another example of the impossibility of telling a conventional story, or offering an authoritative, omniscient, or even coherent narrator. This film too, is about the limitations of storytelling…” (A History of the French New Wave Cinema by Richard John Neupert, page 329) thus reflecting an approach that parallels what we discussed as being part of a tradition of a minor literature, or minor cinema.

For more information about the series, here is the calendar.

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