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Hiroshima mon amour
Dauman, Anatole, 1925-1998.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Home Vision Entertainment, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
The unnamed pair consists of a Japanese man and a French woman in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with the consequences of war -- he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by acting in a motion picture while remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier.
General Note:
Special features: audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; interviews with director Alain Resnais and actress Emmanuelle Riva.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.


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DVD 5865 Adult DVD Foreign Language
DVD 5865 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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Alain Resnais's multi-award-winning Hiroshima, Mon Amour is neither an easy film to watch nor to synopsize, but it remains one of the high-water marks of the French "new wave" movement. Resnais and scenarist Marguerite Duras weave a complex story concerning a French actress's (Emmanuelle Riva) experiences in occupied France, juxtaposed with the horrendous ordeal of a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) coping psychologically with the bombing of Hiroshima. These stories are offered in quick flashback vignettes, which permeate the contemporary story of the woman's relationship with the architect in contemporary Hiroshima. The characters are of the Then and the Now simultaneously, much like the famous watch that was dug out of the ruins of Hiroshima, its hands permanently affixed at 9:15. Resnais refuses to honor the traditional "unities" of film: we are never certain at any time whether we're watching the events of 1959 or of 1945. In truth, Hiroshima Mon Amour is not quite as inscrutable as certain critics would have us believe (the central theme of the importance of coming to grips with one's past comes through loud and clear), but it confused many filmgoers upon its first release, some of whom gave up the picture as a bad job and steered clear of all future Resnais efforts. Viewers are strongly encouraged to stay with this one from beginning to end; it won't be a smooth ride, but it will be an immensely rewarding one. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

A passing affair between a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) in postwar Hiroshima plays out in dreamlike fashion as the tormented woman gradually reveals a painful incident from her past. Exquisitely scripted by Margaret Duras and mesmerizingly directed by Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad), this exemplary French New Wave classic offers a haunting meditation on memory and loss. Replete with running commentary, director and lead actress interviews, and more, this newly restored reissue is a seminal film. [See Trailers, LJ 6/1/15] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.