Hiroshima mon amour (1959)

Hiroshima mon amour (1959), directed by Alain Resnais.

French actress and Japanese architect share a couple days of love. Mostly this is boy meets girl, their passion and struggles. A deeper layer concerns her memories of a tragedy during the war, also a matter of love.

An early segment contains horrific footage of A-bomb casualties, and there is an amount of peace-march hectoring. Made fourteen years after the bomb, we see much of the the city rebuilt.

Some beautiful photography, sometimes a bit too consciously arty. Perhaps it seemed less so at the time. Parts remind me of Wings of Desire, especially the elegiac music. The dialogue occasionally wanders off into French-film-speak.

Criterion DVD.

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