i cut together a music video of the Michael Macdonald and Kenny Loggins jam 'What A Fool Believes' using footage of 'Last Year At Marienbad' because they're the same damn thing !!
This year at the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Alain Resnais’s Last Year At Marienbad premieres in Australia, nearly 60 years after it first bewitched and infuriated its new wave audience. The film is a deconstructed, alien interpretation of a meet cute, where boy meets girl at a seemingly never-ending high society gala, and tries to convince her that they fell in love some other evening, in some other time.
Somehow as luxurious as it is empty, the experimental chess-set sensibility of Marienbad should have nothing to do with goofy, boomer-pleasing, dad-tier pop music. But listen closely to ‘What A Fool Believes’, The Doobie Brother’s 1979 yacht rock single, and some of Resnais’s dreamy patterns begin to surface.
Both the song and the film watch the central couple with bemusement, constantly guessing at whether they actually have a past together or not. Both stories bounce along to a pleasant but somewhat unpredictable rhythm, swinging from lyric to lyric, or scene to scene, with the tempo of an uncertain heart beating.
It’s just that one uses glacially-paced zooms down baroque hallways and the other uses falsetto Kenny Loggins harmonies. Don’t be a snob. Both are bops.