Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour

Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France, Japan

A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais 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 mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. With an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award-nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.

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Hiroshima mon amour
  • Hiroshima mon amour

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France, Japan

    A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais 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 Hi...

Extras

  • HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR Commentary

    Recorded in 2002, this audio commentary features film historian Peter Cowie.

  • Alain Resnais on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    In the first of these two interviews with Alain Resnais, excerpted from a 1961 episode of the French television show “Cinépanorama,” the director talks with François Chalais about his early career. In the second, excerpted from a 1980 broadcast of the French radio program “Le cinéma des cinéastes...

  • Alain Resnais on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    In the first of these two interviews with Alain Resnais, excerpted from a 1961 episode of the French television show “Cinépanorama,” the director talks with François Chalais about his early career. In the second, excerpted from a 1980 broadcast of the French radio program “Le cinéma des cinéastes...

  • Emmanuelle Riva on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    In the first of these two interviews, actor Emmanuelle Riva speaks with François Chalais on the occasion of the debut of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, in which she had her first starring role, at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In the second, shot in 2003, she sits down with the Criterion Collection to dis...

  • Emmanuelle Riva on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    In the first of these two interviews, actor Emmanuelle Riva speaks with François Chalais on the occasion of the debut of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, in which she had her first starring role, at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In the second, shot in 2003, she sits down with the Criterion Collection to dis...

  • François Thomas on HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    The following interview with film scholar François Thomas, author of “L’atelier d’Alain Resnais,” was conducted in Paris in March 2015.

  • Memory and Meaning: The Music of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    In the following interview, conducted in March 2015, Tim Page, professor of music and journalism at USC, talks about the contributions of composers Giovanni Fusco and Georges Delerue to HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR.

  • Revoir HIROSHIMA . . .

    In 2013, Argos Films, the Technicolor Foundation, the Groupama Gan Foundation, and the Cineteca di Bologna collaborated on a 4K digital restoration of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR. Davide Pozzi, director of L’Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca, discusses the delicate restoration process with cinematograph...

  • Mutations of Memory: Editing in HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

    Professor David Bordwell traces the ways in which director Alain Resnais and screenwriter Marguerite Duras retooled cinematic language to evoke the texture of memory in their 1959 masterpiece.

  • Stan Lee on Alain Resnais

    The Spiderman creator recounts his friendship with the director of HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR.