Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Well, it's August 1st and no one else has died. I'm surprised that in discussing Bergman and Antonioni, no one has brought up Resnais. In the 1960s, Resnais was the other director held in high esteeem. (Godard was far more controversial: in fact, in the US, you could count on one hand the critics who praised Godard, and those would be Richard Roud, Andrew Sarris, Susan Sontag, and Pauline Kael.) Resnais (with "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year at Marienbad") was the other director who brought out the most strenuous analyses.

It's just surprising to me that Resnais seems to have been forgotten, especially since his latest movie, "Private Fears in Public Places", was recently released.


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