Hiroshima Mon Amour by Alain Resnais |Alain Resnais, Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas | 715515151511 | Blu-ray | Barnes & Noble
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Hiroshima Mon Amour

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Director: Alain Resnais

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

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Alain Resnais's classic Hiroshima, Mon Amour is uncompromising from the get-go: In the ominous opening sequence, as a pair of lovers embrace, their flesh shrivels and glistens, and a man's voice intones, "No, you saw nothing at Hiroshima." From there, the floating non-narrative becomes an original and eye-opening contemplation of World War II, underscored by the bizarre, often mutating forms that love and memory take. The unnamed pair consists of a Japanese man (Eiji Okada) and a French woman (Emmanuelle Riva) in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with the consequences of war -- he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by acting in a motion picture while remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier. Resnais mingles disparate footage -- newsreel clips, classical tracking shots, surrealist montages -- while novelist Marguerite Duras's script soups up the show with dialogue that, though initially baffling, yields a stark and stunning power. The result is a film that is vague yet cutting, revolutionary yet nonchalant. In its untouchable mastery of form, this cinematic landmark was a major instigator of the French New Wave, inspiring, among others, the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Fran¸ois Truffaut. So many rules about storytelling in general and editing in particular are radicalized here that it is no exaggeration to mention Hiroshima Mon Amour in the same breath as Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, or Breathless.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Director Alain Resnais' tone poem on love, annihilation, and the need for compassion grafts the story of two lovers onto a larger philosophical treatise about the horrors of the atomic bomb. We know very little about the unnamed couple (Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada) at the beginning of the film; Resnais is more interested in the fallout from sex -- the memories, regrets, and images that it can conjure, good and bad -- than in its logistics. Casually juxtaposing scenes of tranquility with graphic documentary footage of the aftermath in Hiroshima, Resnais stresses the importance of contact, nuance, and gesture amid the moment-to-moment uncertainty of a post-war world. Novelist-filmmaker Marguerite Duras scripted the film, which uses its interracial romance as a metaphor for international harmony. Resnais' deliberate, ponderous compositions set him apart from most of his New Wave peers, and he is aided by the legendary Sacha Vierny -- one of the few cinematographers who can make a museum visually compelling. Some critics found the film obtuse on its release, but the Academy thought enough of it to nominate Duras for Best Original Screenplay. The director would apply many of Hiroshima's non-linear storytelling techniques to 1961's L'Année dernière à Marienbad.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2015
UPC:
0715515151511
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
25,383

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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This has to be one of the ten best of all time. Unforgettable.
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