An analysis and detailed description of the film “Muriel” by the French Director, Alain Resnais.
This essay gives a general overview of the life and many works of the director, Alain Resnais, and describes his philosophy of film with an emphasis on the film “Muriel”. Resnais lived in France during the New Wave Movement. This paper describes the basis for the movement and details several directors and works of the time. It details the complex strata of loss and absence in the film as well as the nature of tragedy and ways to deal with it.
“There are different ways to pay tribute to that which is not there. There is the technique of explicit mourning, in which the one who is bereft describes in every possible detail the person or thing that has been lost. And then there is the technique pursued by Alain Resnais in his film Muriel in which what is looked for, longed for, the thing that will make life and experience complete, is in fact never seen at all, never made real to us except only by its absence.”