Mélo. 1986. France. Written and directed by Alain Resnais. In French; English subtitles. 112 min.
Resnais’ fascination with the interpenetration of film and theater reaches its expressive height with this very close adaptation of a 1929 play by the boulevard dramatist Henry Bernstein. The plot, dense and improbable, is centered on two old friends (and fellow violinists) played by Pierre Arditi and André Dussollier; when Dussollier falls in love with Arditi’s wife (Sabine Azéma), melodramatic complications ensue. Resnais’ symmetrical compositions and extended long takes emphasize the artificiality of the proceedings while liberating their emotional truth.
Saturday, June 21, 2014,8:00 p.m.T1, Theater 1The Museum of Modern Art
Wednesday, June 11, 2014,8:00 p.m.T1, Theater 1The Museum of Modern Art