French experimental filmmaker Alain Resnais has died, marking another “end of an era” milestone for a classic film generation. I have always had a deep love for the wildly self-indulgent, yet dreamlike and aggressively non-linear Last Year at Marienbad, a movie that single-handedly defines both the awesomest and silliest aspects of what some people call “arthouse” films. Its intentionally incomprehensible script is, upon closer examination, a dissection of the act of storytelling itself, as “X” attempts to construct the narrative of a (possibly imagined) romance with “A,” who responds throughout with passive resistance but never actual defiance or avoidance. Its suggestion that memory reconstructs time and history borders at times on science fiction. Many people don’t know the movie was a nominee in the Best Dramatic Presentation category of the Hugo Awards, the leading award of the science fiction field.
Basically, in 1960, Alain Resnais made the Inception of love stories.