Hiroshima Mon Amour

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Emmanuelle Riva
Director: Alain Resnais Cast: Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
, Eiji Okada
Eiji Okada
, Stella Dassas
Stella Dassas
Alain Resnais

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Alain Resnais's multi-award-winning Hiroshima, Mon Amour is neither an easy film to watch nor to synopsize, but it remains one of the high-water marks of the French "new wave" movement. Resnais and scenarist Marguerite Duras weave a complex story concerning a French actress's (Emmanuelle Riva) experiences in occupied France, juxtaposed with the horrendous ordeal of a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) coping psychologically with the bombing of Hiroshima. These stories are offered in quick flashback vignettes, which permeate the contemporary story of the woman's relationship with the architect in contemporary Hiroshima. The characters are of the Then and the Now simultaneously, much like the famous watch that was dug out of the ruins of Hiroshima, its hands permanently affixed at 9:15. Resnais refuses to honor the traditional "unities" of film: we are never certain at any time whether we're watching the events of 1959 or of 1945. In truth, Hiroshima Mon Amour is not quite as inscrutable as certain critics would have us believe (the central theme of the importance of coming to grips with one's past comes through loud and clear), but it confused many filmgoers upon its first release, some of whom gave up the picture as a bad job and steered clear of all future Resnais efforts. Viewers are strongly encouraged to stay with this one from beginning to end; it won't be a smooth ride, but it will be an immensely rewarding one.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2015
UPC: 0715515151511
Original Release: 1959
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 14,842

Special Features

New 4K Digital Restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary by Film Historian Peter Cowie; Interviews with Director Alain Resnais from 1961 and 1980; Interviews with actor Emmanuelle Riva from 1959 and 2003; New interview with film scholar François Thomas, author of L'atelier d'Alain Resnais; New interview with music scholar Tim Page about the film's score; Revoir "Hiroshima" ..., a 2013 program about the film's restoration; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from a 1959 Cahiers du cinéma roundtable discussion about the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emmanuelle Riva She
Eiji Okada He
Stella Dassas The Mother
Bernard Fresson The German Lover
Pierre Barbaud The Father

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director
Pierre-Louis Calvet Sound/Sound Designer
Jasmine Chasney Editor
Henri Colpi Editor
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Marguerite Duras Screenwriter
Esaka Production Designer
Giovanni Fusco Score Composer
Samy Halfon Producer
Mayo Production Designer
Anne Sarraute Editor
Michio Takahashi Cinematographer
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

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