Alain Resnais

Film director

1922 –


Who is Alain Resnais?

Alain Resnais is a French film director whose career has 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, an influential documentary about the Nazi concentration camps.

He began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad, and Muriel, all of which adopted unconventional narrative techniques to deal with themes of troubled memory and the imagined past. These films were contemporary with, and associated with, the French New Wave, though Resnais did not regard himself as being fully part of that movement. He had closer links to the "Left Bank" group of authors and filmmakers who shared a commitment to modernism and an interest in left-wing politics. He also established a regular practice of working on his films in collaboration with writers usually unconnected with the cinema, such as Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jorge Semprún.

In later films Resnais moved away from the overtly political topics of some previous works and developed his interests in an interaction between cinema and other cultural forms, including theatre, music, and comic books. This led to imaginative adaptations of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Henri Bernstein and Jean Anouilh, as well as films featuring various kinds of popular song.

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Jun 3, 1922
Also known as
  • Alain Pierre Marie Jean Georges Resnais
  • The Sphinx
  • Alex Reval
  • Alzin Rezarail
  • France
  • Institut des hautes études cinématographiques

on July 23, 2013


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