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MURIEL

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MURIEL Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kerien (1963, Hen’s Tooth, subtitled, unrated, $59.95) As it was in his Hiroshima, Mon Amour, the past is a haunting dream in Alain Resnais’ great, tender, and difficult film. Helene (Seyrig), a widowed antiques dealer and compulsive gambler, invites her lover of 20 years ago (Kerien) to visit, and they try, stumblingly and unsuccessfully, to find their way again. Helene’s stepson, Bernard, is guilt-plagued and emotionally numbed by his complicity in the torture of a prisoner in the Algerian War. Resnais stitches his complex themes of memory and the death of feeling into a cinematic shroud. A -LO’T

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