Directing legend Alain Resnais tells the darkly humorous tale of a sickly old author lying in bed, cynically relating the misadventures of his clan. Or is it just the deranged mind of a chronic drinker already at work on his next novel? There’s a fine line between creation and destruction in Resnais’ latest envelope-pushing filmic venture. Ellen Burstyn was never more irresistible, John Gielgud was never more acerbic: "By far the most exciting film I have ever made”.
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, David Warner, Elaine Stritch
Screenplay: David Mercer
Director of Photography: Ricardo Aronovich
Film Editor: Albert Jurgenson
Composer: Miklós Rózsa
Production Designer: Jacques Saulnier
Costume Design: Catherine Leterrier
Sound: René Magnol, Jacques Maumont
Producer: Yves Gasser, Klaus Hellwig, Yves Peyrot
Production Company: Action Films, Société Française de Production (SFP), France 3 (FR 3), Citel Films
Distributor: Jupiter Films
Director: Alain Resnais
Alain Resnais was born in Vannes, France 1922. He‘s a key figure of the so-called Rive Gauche group of the French New Wave (along with Chris Marker, Agnes Varda and Marguerite Duras). He began shooting short films on Super8 when he was 14. Resnais’ groundbreaking deconstructions of traditional narrative made him a classic of the postmodernist tradition, especially HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (1959), and LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961).