Flick Review < Hiroshima, Mon Amour | Alain Resnais, 1959





Elle: I have time. I beg you. Devour me. Deform me, make me ugly. Why not you? 
Why not you, in this city and on this night, so indistinguishable from any other? I beg you.



“You give me a great desire to love.” 

 Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima Mon Amour



Elle: [Last lines] Hi-ro-shi-ma. Hiroshima. That is your name.
Lui: Yes, that is my name. And your name is Nevers. Nevers, in France.

Hiroshima, Mon Amour, 1959 
Directed by Alain Resnais
Writer  Marguerite Duras
Cinematography by Michio Takahashi - Japan / Sacha Vierny - France
Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas
 Editing Jasmine Chasney / Henri Colpi / Anne Sarraute
Music  Georges Delerue / Giovanni Fusco

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In his book on Resnais, James Monaco ends his chapter on Hiroshima mon amour 
by claiming that the film contains a reference to the classic 1942 film Casablanca:

“Here is an 'impossible' love story between two people struggling with the imagery of a distant war. 
At the end of this romantic, poignant movie about leave takings and responsibilities, the two fateful
 lovers meet in a cafe. Resnais gives us a rare establishing shot of the location. 'He' is going to meet
 'She' for the last time at a bar called 'The Casablanca' - right here in the middle of Hiroshima! It's still 
the same old story. A fight for love and glory. A case of do or die. The world will always welcome
 lovers. As time goes by."

Hiroshima, Mon Amour, 1959                                              Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva, Alain Resnais at the film set of Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1958
Emmanuelle Riva, Alain Resnais at the film set of Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1958
Emmanuelle Riva, Kids in the streets of Hiroshima, 1958 


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