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Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Original Title : Hiroshima mon amour
Director : Alain Resnais
Writer : Marguerite Duras
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Anatole Dauman , Samy Halfon , Sacha Kamenka , Takeo Shirakawa
Music : Georges Delerue
Giovanni Fusco
Photography : Michio Takahashi
Sacha Vierny
IMDB ID : 0052893
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Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) - Alain Resnais
 

Starring

Emmanuelle Riva Elle
Eiji Okada Lui
Stella Dassas Mother
Pierre Barbaud Father
Pierre Barbaud Father
 

Plot

1959. A French young woman has spent the night with a japanese man, at Hiroshima where she went for the shooting of a film about peace. He reminds her of the first man she loved. It was during World War II, and he was a German soldier. The main themes of this film are memory and oblivion.
 

Comments

I Could Go Either Way Hiroshima mon amour.The opening sequence of the film showing all of the victims of the bomb was extremely powerful and moving.It can easily be used as an argument against nuclear technology.Then the filmmaker seems to juxtapose the nuclear holocaust with the female lead's tragic past during World War II.Maybe it's just me, but I think that the death and deformity of a couple hundred thousand Japanese civilians cannot be compared with the death of a woman's love (who himself was a Nazi) followed by her near insanity and banishment.One is a global and cultural travesty while the other is personal.Albeit the scale is different, both tragedies were equally traumatic to each. Visually, the film is phenomenal.The naturalist lighting is great.The neon lighting of the city coupled with the darkness creates a beauiful black and white frame.The sound is also terrific.There are moments when no background noise is present such as when the woman describes her tragic past to her lover.This causes the audience to hang onto her every word.The music has a definite Oriental sound, although at times there is a Westen quality to it (i.e. the music in the opening credits). All in all, the visuals are great but the story, I think needed a little work.Boredom?A touch.
 
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