03-02-2014, 06:05 PM #1
Alain Resnais, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year in Marienbad, dead at 91
Acclaimed French film director Alain Resnais dies aged 91. (Guardian)
Alain Resnais, the acclaimed French film director whose 60-year career included such classics as Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year in Marienbad, has died aged 91.
His death on Saturday, the day after the Césars French cinema awards and on the eve of the Oscars, came as he prepared to launch his latest film, The Life of Riley later this month.
Pierre Arditi paid tribute to his friend on Sunday. "The most precious thing I can remember is when he would sit crouched on his long legs, resting his head in his hands, and devoured the actors with his lovely blue eyes as though we were diamonds. And of course when you get a look like that you become a diamond."
Resnais's 1959 masterpiece, Hiroshima Mon Amour, was his first feature film , and the experimental Last Year in Marienbad, two years later, identified him with French cinema's New Wave.
His films, which explored the themes of time and memory, death and love, are sometimes complex but never dull.
lengthy Guardian obituary here
Telegraph obit: Alain Resnais was a French New Wave director celebrated for tackling in film Proustian themes of time and memory
03-02-2014, 06:24 PM #2
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6n2McMAnY"]Last Year in Marienbad (1961) Trailer - YouTube[/ame]
03-02-2014, 09:02 PM #3
Avec Alain Resnais, la France perd «l'un de ses plus grands cinéastes», salue Hollande. (Parisien)
«F*ck the Oscars. F*ck everything. Alain Resnais is dead»
Pour Anne Sinclair, le cinéaste mériterait un bel hommage aux Oscars, qui auront lieu la nuit prochaine à Los Angeles (Etats-Unis). Son confrère journaliste Serge Moati remercie un «immense cinéaste». Pierre Bergé, qui rappelle qu'Yves Saint-Laurent a travaillé avec Resnais sur plusieurs films, parle d'une «immense perte».
Anne Sinclair ✔ @anne_sinclair
Alain Resnais mort juste avant les Oscars: un très grand cinéaste qui mériterait un bel hommage ce soir ! #tristesse
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