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Alain Resnais

La Vie est un roman (Life is a Bed of Roses)

110' - 1983 - Fantasy, Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Italian, French, English
Director: Alain Resnais With: Vittorio Gassman, Ruggero Raimondi, Geraldine Chaplin
This film is an enchanting, magical, original fable paralleling the stories of wealthy Raimondi building a "temple of happiness" circa WW1, and a conference on alternative education at that site in the present day. Resnais and screenwriter Jean Gruault beautifully illustrate that there are no simple solutions to problems, that those who impose their ideas of perfection on the world are just as dangerous as those who cause disorder. Resnais so enjoyed working on the film that, in effect, he extended it by collaborating again with Gruault and developing a story around four of the actors from La Vie est un Roman. (Leonard Maltin)

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Alain Resnais


Vittorio Gassman, Ruggero Raimondi, Geraldine Chaplin


Jean Gruault

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Italian, French, English

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Alain Resnais
L'aventure de Guy (short, 1936), Schéma d'une identification (short, 1946), Ouvert pour cause d'inventaire (1946), Visite à Oscar Dominguez (short, 1947), Visite à Lucien Coutaud (short, 1947), Visite à Hans Hartung (short, 1947), Visite à Félix Labisse (short, 1947), Visite à César Doméla (short, 1947), Portrait d'Henri Goetz (short, 1947), Le last Nestlé (short, 1947), L'alcool tue (short, 1947), Journée naturelle (short, 1947), Van Gogh (short, 1948), Malfray (short, 1948), Les Jardins de Paris (short, 1948), Châteaux de France (short, 1948), Gaugain (short, 1949), Pictura (1951), Guernica (1951), Statues also Die (short, 1953), Night and Fog (short, 1956), All the Memory in the World (short, 1956), Le mystère de l'atelier quince (short, 1957), The Song of Styrene (short, 1958), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), Muriel (1963), The War Is Over (1966), Far from Vietnam (1967), I Love You, I Love You (1968), Cinétracts (1968), The Year 01 (1973), Stavisky (1974), Providence (1977), My American Uncle (1980), Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983), Love Unto Death (1984), Mélo (1986), I Want to Go Home (1989), Lest We Forget (1991), No Smoking (1993), Same Old Song (1997), Not on the Lips (2003), Private Fears in Public Places (2006), Wild Grass (2009), You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (2012), Life of Riley (2014)

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