Still from the film © RR
Hiroshima mon amour had a largely unexpected explosive effect at the 12th edition of the Festival de Cannes. Like a kind of cinematographic bomb. After the war, the themes and shape of cinema were adapted to fit in a world that had been turned upside down. Resnais deconstructed narrative and shattered temporality. His style was truly innovative at the time.
The film, which tells the story of “Him” and “Her”, is a representation of the themes of peace and memory. A couple; damp skin; two bodies entwined in a room. Emmanuelle Riva, playing herself, has come to Hiroshima to shoot a film about peace. There, she falls in love with a Japanese architect. She tells him about her adolescence, the Second World War and her first love. They grow closer and closer, but theirs is an impossible love.
Hiroshima mon amour very nearly didn’t happen. At the time, Resnais was working on short documentary films and had turned his attention to the town which had suffered the first atomic bombing in history. Sixteen films had already been made about it. Resnais began to have second thoughts. Finally, he took the plunge and came up with a fictional feature film, the first in his career, and a work that has retained its mythical power right up until today.
Monday 20th May / Buñuel Theatre / 8pm
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