Hiroshima Mon Amour

“The first film to juxtapose disastrous erotic passion with the political disasters of the mid century”

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

Type:Drama, Romance

Dur:90 min

Year:1959

Dir:Alain Resnais

Rating:PG

synopsis

The deep conversation between a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) forms the basis of this celebrated French film, considered one of the vanguard productions of the French New Wave. Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II, the couple — lovers turned friends — recount, over many hours, previous romances and life experiences. The two intertwine their stories about the past with pondering the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb dropped on the city.

cast:

Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

crew:

Samy Halfon, Anatole Dauman, Marguerite Duras, Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny

fan quotes:

"Integrating past and present, poetic images and documentary footage, music and Marguerite Duras' dialogue, the film achieved a structural balance of such emotional and intellectual power that audiences were stunned." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader

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