32 Great Directors: Alain Resnais

“The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn’t be in flashback.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Hiroshima Mon Amour/Last Year at Marienbad.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Hiroshima Mon Amour.

What Did I Watch: Life of Riley.

Where Does He Fit: Resnais’ finale, Life of Riley, was dinged for being an underwhelming take on similar material to his far more acclaimed You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, which I really need to rewatch. It’s not an unfair critique, but I had fun anyway: the opening sequence where there’s a very violent cut to the actress’ head against a black and white background is the sort of poppy editing humor that Resnais could be very good at, even if it doesn’t tend to show up in the long nights of the soul that are Night and Fog or Hiroshima Mon Amour. It’s poppy and minor, but that’s a pleasure in its own right.

life_of_riley-renais

Most Valuable Asset: Aggressively Brechtian stuff.
Most Excited For: Last Year at Marienbad.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Vittorio De Sica, neorealist.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s