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Alain Resnais

  • French director
  • Born June 3, 1922

Alain Resnais (French: [alɛ̃ ʁɛnɛ]; 3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014) was a French film director and screenwriter whose career extended over more than six decades. After training as a film editor in the mid-1940s, he went on to direct a number of short films which included Night and Fog (1956), an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.Resnais began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of which adopted unconventional narrative techniques to deal with themes of troubled memory and the imagined past.


The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn't be in flashback.




Luck, I never looked to make difficult movies on purpose. You make the films you can make.




That's easy to answer: I never had any special appetite for filmmaking, but you have to make a living and it is miraculous to earn a living working in film.




So I used formal techniques to make the film more perceptive emotionally.




It was repugnant, but it was the only way to communicate.




There was a darkness, a melancholy, that people had trouble accepting. Maybe now, it would work better.




I never thought of becoming a director. When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to the talkies had an impact on me - I still watch silent films.




I am never driven. Every film I've made has been an assignment.




Since we had little money and few documents, we had nothing.




I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York. I said, Something is going on here.




I'd even say it's a realistic film because that's the way it happens in our heads; that was the idea.




Oh, yes, that never happened to me in my life before. It was a risky film, and I warned the producer.



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