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Hiroshima Mon Amour
Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
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Hiroshima Mon Amour
A new restoration of one of the classics of cinema, Hiroshima Mon Amour depicts a brief affair between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) in the rebuilt and thriving Hiroshima of 1959. The couple's bliss is slowly eroded by the unavoidable memories of the war and atomic mass destruction.

"The most beautiful film I've ever seen!"  Claude Chabrol

"One of the most important films ever made, summing up many tendencies of modern cinema but also indicating new directions for later filmmakers. Its implications and possibilities radiate out in several directions, like the spidery silhouette (in negative?) under the opening credits." - Observations on Film & Art

"The film visualizes the incongruous contrasts between memory, culture, and history with its fractal editing, a pioneer in the use of deliberately unmatched shots. The cutting in this film violates everything from narrative continuity to constructivist film theory, with a diagonally oriented shot of crossroads that leaps to a setup that stares down a riverbank, a vertical composition that breaks the flow of the mise-en-scène." - Slant

"The importance of bearing witness preoccupied Alain Resnais in the years prior to directing his first feature length film. Hiroshima mon amour, the result of that concern, remains one of cinemas most profound meditations on the horror of war, suffering and forgetting A film of tremendous beauty and gravity, the experience of Hiroshima mon amour lasts long after the screen fades to black." - Senses of Cinema

Awards and Nominations:
International Critics' Award (Cannes Film Festival, 1959)
Film Writers' Award (Cannes Film Festival, 1959)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen nomination (Academy Awards, 1959)
United Nations Award (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Best Film nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Best Foreign Actress nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1960)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures nomination (Directors Guild of America Awards, 1960)
Prix Méliès for Best French Film (French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1960)
Best Foreign Language Film (New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1960)
Top Foreign Films Award (National Board of Review, 1960)
Official Selection (New York Film Festival, 2014)


Suns Cinema (View)
3107 Mount Pleasant Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
United States


Film > Movies

Minimum Age: 21


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