Resnais Explores a History of Violins in Doomed Love Triangle “Mélo” (1986) | Blu-ray Review

For the second-to-last feature Alain Resnais made in the 1980s, Mélo (1986) is arguably his most accessible, set in 1920s Paris and based on a play by Henri Bernstein (which was originally adapted as a 1932 German film). The idiosyncrasies of titles like My American Uncle (1980) and Love Unto Death (1984) are nowhere to be seen in this cramped chamber piece, which would mimic the vibes of his late period adaptations of playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Love as an unpredictable force of nature, however, remains a central favored motif, as acted upon by his usual cast of actors, wife Sabiné Azema and his onscreen stand-in André Dussollier.…
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