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A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Argos Films

Release in France : 02/10/1963

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Actors (22)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Argos Films

Foreign production company :

Dear Film

Associate producer :

Films de la Pléiade

French distribution :

Films de la Pléiade

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In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard, who's back from military duty in Algiers. An old lover of Hélène's comes to visit - Alphonse - with his niece Françoise; he too is back from Algiers, where he ran a café. Bernard speaks of his fiancée, Muriel, whom Hélène has not met. The narrative, like memory and intention, is jumpy, the past obscured by guilt, misperceptions, and missed possibilities. Appearances deceive, things change. As Hélène and Alphonse try to sort out a renewal, everyone seems off-kilter just enough to hint that all cannot end well. Can anyone know another?

Source : IMDb.


Muriel (French: Muriel ou le Temps d'un retour, literally Muriel, or the Time of a Return) is a 1963 French film directed by Alain Resnais. It was Resnais's third feature film, following Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961), and in common with those films it explores the challenge of integrating a remembered or imagined past with the life of the present. It also makes oblique reference to the controversial subject of the Algerian war which had recently been brought to an end. Muriel was Resnais's second collaboration with Jean Cayrol, who had also written the screenplay of Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) (1955).

Source : Wikipedia.

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Anatole Dauman

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Jean Cayrol

Screenwriter :

Jean Cayrol

Sound Recordist :

Antoine Bonfanti

Production Manager :

Philippe Dussart

Assistant editor :

Claudine Merlin

Music Composer :

Hans-Werner Henze

Costume designer :

Lucilla Mussini

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

Location Manager :

Michel Choquet

Assistant directors :

Pierre Grunstein, Jean Léon, Florence Malraux

Producers :

Pierre Braunberger, Anatole Dauman

Director of Photography :

Sacha Vierny

Assistant Operators :

Jean-César Chiabaut, Jean Harnois

Editors :

Kenout Peltier, Eric Pluet

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvette Baudrot

Production Designer :

Jacques Saulnier

Graphic Designer :

Jan Lenica

Still Photographer :

Liliane de Kermadec

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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1 h 57 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)


Venice International Film Festival  - 1963

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1963)


Coppa Volpi for Best Actress : Delphine Seyrig