L'Année Dernière a Marienbad. ciné-roman.ROBBE-GRILLET, Alain
Illustré de 48 photographies extraites du film réalisé par Alain Resnais
Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit. 1961.
First edition. 8vo. (192x143mm). pp. 172 with 24pp of black and white photographs (48 images) from the film. pp1-48 are opened with 49-176 unopened. Cream card covers with author, title, and publisher printed on upper cover in black and blue inside a single blue border. Author, title and publisher printed in blue on the back strip and on the lower cover is a list of other Éditions de Minuit titles. There is a small tear (no loss) to the head of the backstrip but otherwise the cover is in excellent condition, protected by a glassine wrapper. The contents are fine. This copy is inscribed: "Pour Dominique Aury avec toute mon amitié, Robbe-Grillet". Dominique Aury was a pseudonym of Anne Cecile Desclos who, under another pseudonym (Pauline Réage) wrote L'Histoire d'O.
Alain Resnais’s film of L’Année Dernière a Marienbad is one of the central works of 1960s French cinema. It and this book have an interesting history. Robbe-Grillet wrote a screenplay which was very detailed, specifying not only the décor and gestures but also the placement and movement of the camera and the sequencing of shots in the editing. Resnais filmed the script with great fidelity, making only limited alterations which seemed necessary. Robbe-Grillet was not present during the filming. When he saw the rough-cut, he said that he found the film just as he had intended it, while recognising how much Resnais had added to make it work on the screen and to fill out what was absent from the script. Robbe-Grillet then published his screenplay with the detailed directions, illustrated by shots from the film, as this "ciné-roman” together with an introduction explaining his ideas behind the film and the process of its creation.