Life is a Bed of Roses

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France | 1983 | 110 minutes | Alain Resnais

October 25, 2014

Alain Resnais pays tribute to three influential French filmmakers Georges Melies, Marcel L Herbier and Eric Rohmer with this lighthearted film about happiness and the power of the imagination.

The film is divided into three narratives, including an early 20th century utopian castle built by Count Forbeck, modern professors living in that castle, and a Wagnerian fantasy landscape of kings and dragons. Master filmmaker Resnais weaves together these three threads to make Life is a Bed of Roses a compelling and entertaining mixture of drama, satire, comedy, fantasy and music.

  • Director: Alain Resnais
  • Principal Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Ruggero Raimondi, Vittorio Gassman
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1983
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Philippe Dussart
  • Screenplay: Jean Gruault
  • Cinematographers: Bruno Nuytten
  • Editors: Jean-Pierre Besnard, Albert Jurgenson
  • Music: M. Philippe-Gérard
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Life of Riley (2014); You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet! (2012); Wild Grass (2009); Private Fears in Public Places (2006); Not on the Lips (2003); Same Old Song (1997); Smoking/No Smoking (1993); I Want to Go Home (1989); Mélo (1986); Love Unto Death (1984); Life is a Bed of Roses (1983); My American Uncle (1980); Providence (1977); Stavisky (1974); Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968); The War is Over (1966); Muriel, ou le Temps d’un Retour (1963); Last Year at Marienbad (1961); Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959);
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes