Last Year in Malibu (1961) Review

Last Year at Malibu (1962) Short

Runtime: 12 minutes/Country: USA/Language: English

Some think that Last Year in Malibu is a takeoff or at least a parody of 1961’s Alain Resnais’ film Last Year at Marienbad. It’s not exceptional given Mazursky’s later references to other, especially European movies. For instance, François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim (1962) is a jumping off point to Willie and Phil (1980) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) is a reimagining of Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932). Mazursky’s Tempest (1982) is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play (1610-11) by the same name.

Last Year at Marienbad is a surreal, dreamlike portrait of a romance which might have never occurred. The eerie, oneiric plot based on a man trying to convince a woman (whom he meets at the hotel) of their last year’s romance in Marienbad, which she simply cannot recall, and persuading her to pursue an escape together. As the plot unravels, it leads only to the conclusion that the more we know about the protagonists, the lesser knowledge there is according to what actually happened.

©  2018 Anna Jozwiak

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