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David Liu | 15 August 2012
Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)
A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)
One of the many interpretations of Last Year at Marienbad suggests a relationship between patient and psychoanalyst, a metaphysical bond that’s echoed in A Dangerous Method on a visual level: the palace, the trees, the spacious garden.
Greek myths also abound in both films. While Resnais evokes Orpheus’ futile attempts to resurrect Eurydice, Cronenberg invokes Oedipus and the riddle of the Sphinx (notably in the shot of Mortensen and Fassbender standing next to a familiar statue).
Sphinx: “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”
Oedipus: “Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours; as an adult, he walks on two legs; in old age, he uses a walking stick.”
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