Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)

ALAIN RESNAIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

France/Japan, 1959, , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by , , , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

An epic of intimate proportions, beautifully directed by Alain Resnais. It’s mostly conversations, post-lovemaking, between a Japanese businessman (, who learned French phonetically for the film) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) on location making a film about the Hiroshima bomb. She tells him about her tragic love affair with a German soldier during World War II and the reprisals she faced from her village, opening herself up emotionally in a way that she hasn’t done in the years since it happened. Marguerite Duras’s script is the height of erotic cinema, ages ahead of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Lover which was also based on her writing and made more than thirty years later. Like Antonioni’s L’Avventura, this unconventional film contributed to a new film language of story, image and character.

The Criterion Collection:  #196

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Story and Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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