Rabbit Hole; L’Année dernière à Marienbad/ Last Year at Marienbad (1961) movie analysis essay.

“You’re raving, I’m tired, Leave me alone, please”

 

When I watched this movie I just could not seem to shake the feeling it gave me off and I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be awhile.

Last Year at Marienbad is French/Italian movie by Hiroshima, Mon Amour director, Alain Resnais and written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The main characters are The Man, The Woman and The second Man played by Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig and Sacha Pitoeff. The movie deals with subjects like dream-like state, repetition, loops and surrealism, in a way it reminded me so much of Maya Deren‘s (1943) experimental short film Meshes of the Afternoon dealing with the same subjects and also one of my favorite movies that I have seen lately.

Aside from the stunning cinematography, the haunting opening and ending scenes, and the great performances, the actual shooting of this movie is pretty artistic and interesting, the real Marienbad is located in Czech Republic and the director brilliantly blended two different palace complexes in and around Munich resulting in a beautiful goth like environment and an absolutely atmospheric imagery.

This one of those movies were anyone can watch it and interpret it differently and there won’t be a real incorrect inputs, but I’d like to share my take on it;

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For me this movie is like a bizarre portrait of depression, that of which is being played in a literal form by Giorgio Albertazzi. The repetition of the dialogue and imagery gives the sensation of being trapped and stuck in a state that only ends to start all over again.

One thing I noticed is that he is always following Delphine Seyrig around, not only in the sense of him putting ideas in her head, never responding to her constant begging to be left alone, but he was literally always one step behind her when moving, he is never walking beside her, he is always crawling behind until the very last scene, when he succeeds in making her “go away with him” and leaving her conveniently barely even around , unaware of her struggle loved one behind, who, strangely enough, never seem to notice that she spends most of her time with Albertazzi. There’s this one scene where he approaches her whilst having a convesation with The Man and doesn’t even acknowledge him.

The hotel seems to be full of people but she is always alone, and they are a few scenes where they are suddenly frozen, one in the first opening scene an a couple later on, if you are familiar with depression symptoms you will know that it affects your sense of time, where time somehow feel like it’s slowing down or standing still/freezing.
It also affects the way one connect with another human being, to her they are almost robotics, we never see her engaging in any sort of games or conversations with any of those guests, she is alienated and only has one voice in her head, even when she cries for help in front of them hoping someone would notice her, nothing really seem to change.

There is also a key scene that might be a clue that she’s been suffering/fighting depression for a long time, the scene is where she opens a drawer and finds a significant number of pictures of her,  and it happens to be the exact same picture that the man gave her, which indicates that he’s given her the picture before, many times because depression is always the same.

I think the references of the last year spent in that place was to foreshadow a traumatizing event, betrayal, or even guilt of some sort that took place sometime ago which is actually briefly hinted for in a scene of a play that was acted out at Marienbad where we see sequence of flashbacks that had to do with a sexual abuse incident.

 

“You never seem to be waiting for me, but we kept meeting at every turn of the paths. Behind every bush, at the foot of each statue, near every pond. It is as if it had been only you and I in all that garden.”

 

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The movie is titled Last Year at Marienbad, and since we already know she’s been there few times, and she’s been suffering from depression for years, what if in the same way that The Man is depression, Marienbad is life? What if the last scene where she is walking into darkness with The Man is actually her committing suicide? What if the Last Year in Marienbad is her last year being alive?

I am not really sure of my analysis and it really doesn’t matter if it’s what’s intended but that’s what felt during this experience, such an amazing piece of art.

Tributes 2017; Glitched Artists

Tribute artworks for my favorite artists.

This project focuses on my interest in merging different forms of art and design in one, like using the clean minimalistic style and chaotic glitch aesthetics whilst still not losing grip of the main aspect and idea of the project.

Tribute 1;  Glitched Rene Magritte.

Magritte is without a doubt my favorite artist of all time, some of my favorite paintings are; Not To Be Reproduced, The Mysteries of Horizon, The Lovers, and Sixteenth of September.

References; Son of Man, Rene’s self portraits and The schoolmaster.

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Tribute 2; Glitched Salvador Dali

References; Lincoln, Dali’s self portraits and the persistence of memory.

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Quick thoughts on Arrival (2016) and Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Not a Rabbit Hole review because I just watched those movies literally two days ago and I am still in shock by just how perfect they are and how much I enjoyed them I also haven’t got them in a great quality to screenshot some of my favorite frames but right off the bat the cinematography on both of them is very aesthetically pleasing and haunting.

I will start with Arrival, I jumped on watching it having no idea whatsoever what is was about, or even who directed it, and I am glad I did, I want to do this more, choose movies based on title and poster and jump in and see what happens, I only knew Arrival was a sci fi movie that stars Amy Adams. Here’s the thing, I like science fiction that creates a fantastic world with scientific basis, that follows an internal logic, I like fantasy that breaches our universe’s logic but not its own and creates a believable world using science extrapolated from our universe’s internal logic.
Arrival does that profoundly and is easily one of the best sci fi movies I have ever seen, I reckon it will go down as a classic, I remember tweeting before that I’m yet to see an “aliens” movie that would impress me, I am so happy to finally witness that in Arrival and while the acting was amazing on Amy Adams’ part, the masters of this experience are Denis Villeneuve and Jóhann Jóhannsson making this movie freshly original, unique and atmospheric in both scenery and sound.

(after Jóhann’s effort in this movie I’m actually very excited for his work in Blade Runner I was very skeptical about him filling in Vangelis shoes and wished it was OPN instead but damn I was wrong)

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Nocturnal Animals on the other hand I had watched the trailer sometime ago and I knew it was directed by fashion designer Tom Ford, I went on watching it expecting way less than what I saw, the movie is so well made, every shot could be a painting, the colors and the music were hauntingly beautiful, Jake Gyllenhaal is phenomenal as always, and Michael Shannon is so effortlessly brilliant, I which I could see him in more roles, he’s very underrated and deserves more recognition. While watching the movie I thought about something, there’s an interesting phenomena called The Baader-Meinhof that I read about recently it’s where you learn about something new and then you start seeing it everywhere around you not because it’s suddenly appearing out of nowhere, it has always been there you are noticing it more because your mind usually select attention, watching the movie, Amy Adams’ character (Susan) while reading her ex-husbands’ novel kind of experience something similar to that, she starts noticing things, like the REVENGE banner in her work, the violent painting in her home, she’s exploring feelings she hid for long time. It’s like she is learning things about herself that she wasn’t aware of. I thought it was very beautifully done. Nocturnal Animals is about changing, I think, how life turns, in the beginning of the movie Edward was the “weak”, sentimental one, and by the end they almost exchange parts,  it’s about time and how life turns, it’s not so much about revenge as much as it’s about how Edward learnt to move on from a heartbreak and how Susan is learning to let go of her guilt. The ending might be confusing to some but for me it was perfect.

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A finale thought about these two movies is that they are definitely not for everyone, but I am 100% sure, if you’re someone who likes thought-provoking cinema, you will absolutely love these.

What’s in my bag?

Decided to do something fun today, I was heading to work/study out because the weather is stunning today, here’s the items I took with me in my backpack.

•my Logo Modernism book cause I’m working on a self branding project.

•my medium moleskine sketch notebook

•a pencil

•Tom Henry’s The Accidental Creative (very useful read for any artist)

•my headphones (having Molly Nilsson’s song on repeat today)

•my macbook pro

Rabbit Hole; The Lobster (2016)

The Lobster is a black comedy/drama movie set in a dystopian future, the first English language movie by Dogthooth director Yorgos Lanthimos which is just as weird, unique and original. I normally find these first trials to be a bit disappointing but The Lobster and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker definitely prove me wrong. When I decided to watch it the movie poster is what first caught my eyes  very beautiful use of white space.

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“He did not burst into tears and he didn’t think that the first thing most people do when they realize that someone doesn’t love them anymore is cry.”

The movie starts with unfamiliar looking Colin Farrell “David” being left by his ex wife and moving out with his dog/ or his brother to what we later know as The Hotel, a place where newly single people stay for a period of time in order to find a partner and if they failed to become a couple during that period they will be turned into an animal of their choice.

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Let me just say that this is hands down one of the strangest and unsettling movies I’ve ever seen, and not because it’s set in a future society where people are turned to animals if they can’t find a partner. But because there were so many moments in this movie where I just didn’t know what to feel, how can it be so depressing yet so incredibly funny? A lot of scenes had something terrible and disturbing going on but the dialogue was hilarious I was literally laugh-crying during it. It’s definitely not an easy movie to watch, but I totally loved it. There are many movies out there that’s labeled Black-Comedy but this one is truly is. Everything about this movie is brilliant, the story, the acting, the music is shocking, the cinematography is amazing; the shots reflect loneliness, and the use of colors mostly cool-toned match the coldness of the movie, the blue-blooded lobster perfectly.

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After I wrote my review of this movie I checked letterboxd for other reviews, and I rarely encounter a movie that leave everyone feeling exactly like one another, Lanthimos is a master with his vision, delivers, sends a clear message, yet it’s thought provoking, it lingers, and is hard to shake off.