Hiroshima Mon Amour [DVD] 
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Alain Resnais’ groundbreaking first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour, was a springboard for the French New Wave movement and its influence continues to this day. A nameless French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, passionate affair in post-war Hiroshima. Their deeply intense connection brings out scarred memories of love and suffering, which Resnais’ communicates with the use of flashback techniques innovative to that time. Hiroshima Mon Amour received an Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Screenplay. Jean-Luc Godard had high praise for the film’s originality, describing its inventiveness as “the first film without any cinematic references”.
An extraordinary and deeply moving film that retains much of its power since its original release in 1959, Alain Resnais's Hiroshima, Mon Amour is the story of a French woman (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese man (Eiji Okada) who become lovers in the city of Hiroshima, where the US dropped a nuclear bomb to end World War Two in the Pacific. Written by Marguerite Duras and juggled, as if by wandering thoughts, in chronology and setting by Resnais, the film reveals the miserable and mortifying experiences of each character during the war and suggests the obvious healing properties of their relationship in the present. An emotional allusion or two can certainly be made with the more recent The English Patient, but nothing can quite prepare one for Resnais's extreme yet intuitively accessible experiments in fusing the past, present and future into great sweeps of subjectively experienced memory. Yet audiences have never had trouble relating to this bold milestone of the French New Wave, largely because at its heart is a genuinely affecting, soulful love story. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In black and white with an almost noir-ish look, you will love this if development of character interests you. If you want an obvious storyline, you will be disappointed. I was gripped.
The 2nd love affair is the story of her affair with a young German soldier during the occupation.Their affair is uncovered,he is shot,she publicly humiliated by the townspeople and imprisoned in a cellar by her parents,allowed to leave at the war's end at night.Within the 2 stories is inserted footage of Hiroshima,newsreel taken shortly after the bomb dropped,or artefacts collected from the bombsite on display.Too big for a documentary although it is about Hiroshima,it is not about it in the conventional sense,for that see Black Rain(1989,Kuroi ame),a more conventional film,a family trying to build their lives in the aftermath and the effects of the fallout.Resnais' film is about the universal human experience of suffering,the 2 stories show how memories of our own suffering which cause us pain,allow us to know how it feels when other people suffer.She saw her own suffering multiplied.Read more ›
Thus an underlying structure, which depends on contrasts, is revealed beneath the simple two-day love story. They met - she's a French film actress and he's a Japanese architect - by chance and immediately felt an attraction between them, which could only be satisfied carnally. Their overwhelming passion and depth of feeling for one another is a situation which occurs only infrequently, when two individuals can mesh into a unified whole. However, they are both happily married and understand that the romance is doomed. Strangely and significantly, Elle has been in much the same situation before, with a German soldier, providing a striking parallel with the present.
The relating of Elle's first love to Lui, and the consequences of it, highlights only a single contrast, that of past and present. Hiroshima mon amour seeks to be more philosophical than this though, discovering parallels between joy/despair and society/individual to name two.Read more ›
Forty six years later I bought the DVD and watched it again.
It still bites !
Part love story, part anti-war movie, it deals with a chance meeting between two apparently successful people who are very damaged underneath. Their difficult path towards some sort of future is moving and often uncomfortable to watch.
At no point do you know what's going to happen next. Hollywood, it isn't.
I doubt I'll watch it a third time, but I'm really glad I got the DVD.
I wanted to give it 10/10 on the IMDB, but chickened out and settled for 9. From the very opening gritty black & white of the intertwined limbs of the lovers, artistically exploring each other like uncoiling snakes and then the inter-cut of a scarred and scorched fatality of the Hiroshima bomb, then the sober and poetic voice-over of a French woman....
Yes, I was hooked and I am again, five years later, viewing again for the second time. I've many, many more world cinema films under my belt these days and my knowledge of them has expanded enormously, but Hiroshima Mon Amour will always hold a special place within me.
It might be the photographer in me - some of images and compositions are absolutely arresting - and I'm not talking about the highly detailed studies of human deformity or of singed corpses either, or perhaps the poet in me. There is a clockwork pace of languid calm about it all, that is highly compelling - the Japanese architect and the French actress talking openly, candidly, slowly, as only lovers seem to be able to do in the best films, about their lives. Her experiences in France. Her previous loves.
There's a real sense of Carl von Dreyer's superb sense of simplicity and harrowed beauty plus a Francois Truffaut gift for storytelling. That this is Alain Resnais' first film is quite extraordinary.
The title, is so apt - It is a love story, a beautiful one and also a terrible one.Read more ›
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Mysterious, multilayered and disorienting, the past and present blurring. A disturbing exploration of emotions and the absence of them.Published 2 months ago by Spiritus
Great blu ray edition except that subtitles aren't removable.Published 4 months ago by Client d'Amazon
This is quite simply one of the most moving, beautiful films I have ever seen.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As with , say , Antonioni , one wonders whether it is a good idea to re=visit one's icons of that period without prior reflectionPublished 15 months ago by Aleksander Kuczynski