Last Year At Marienbad, Alain Resnais
Inkjet on watercolour paper
90 x 80 cm
The motivation for re-imagining Alain Resnais' 1961 film had more to do with its historical context than with the actual movie -- I have memories of my fascination with the geometry of the fabulous chateau garden, which featured in the film still invariably chosen by various film and art books. But when the decision had to be made about which environment interested me most, I chose an interior instead. The reason was simple; on previous travels I took an interest in hotel architecture, particularly the perspective of the long corridors, and there was also the technical challenge of composing such a corridor reflected in the Rococo gilt mirror, as well as working with the patterns and textures of the wallpaper and furnishings finished in a rich golden palette.
In an earlier version I made of Last Year in Marienbad, the male figure looked a bit cheesy, and although it had the ironic affect of undermining the arty dreamlike atmosphere of the film, the appreciatively gazing hipster I finally settled on was more in keeping with my original intent. The revised image was also rendered with more advanced software, resulting in a softer, more delicately lit image.
Last Year in Marienbad: Wikipedia