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Hiroshima mon amour
Directed by Alain Resnais • 1959 • France, Japan
Starring Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada
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 (“Hiroshima My Love”) is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.