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A cornerstone of French cinema, Alain Resnais' first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award®-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork.
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 U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb to end World War II 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fourteen years has past since the catastrophic consequences of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when a Frenchwoman, Elle (Emmanuelle Riva), and a Japanese man, Lui... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Swederunner
The film is like most reviewers say, beautiful. Riva is gorgeous, the cinematography is stunning and there is a lot of skin for this early in the '60s. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by The Natural
This painful and deeply moving film retains its power with the passage of time. It's the story of a French woman and a Japanese man who become lovers in Hiroshima prior to the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Peggy Vincent
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Instead of belittling it with my own description, I'm going to quote John Ward's commentary from the book "Alain Resnais or the theme... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Amazon Customer
The cinematography is fantastic. The stories of a Japanese man in Hiroshima and a French actress afraid to return to her native country are cleverly intertwined. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by erica h
Forget the remarks of the idiot below. If you fall into the general camp of obvious lame brains such as that piffling specimen (who obviously 'missed the point') then yes, indeed,... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by "noilie"
At the time of this writing, there was only one one-star review amidst the 5 and 4-star accolades. I'm writing this in support of the one who had the courage to stand alone against... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by Wayne
Hiroshima mon amour is a unique film. This is the grafting of cinema technique with literature. In a unique collaboration between director Alain Resnais and novelist Margaurite... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (Criterion) is a love affair between a French actress and a Japanese architect that's set against memories of Hiroshima's atomic aftermath. Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by Robin Simmons