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Hiroshima Mon Amour -- The new restoration of Alain Resnais' HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR opens October 17 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City and Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles! Written by Marguerite Duras, 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.


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Release Date:
16 May 1960 (USA) See more »
...from the measureless depths of a woman's emotions... See more »
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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If I could make one film, this would be it! See more (99 total) »


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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marguerite Duras  writer

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Samy Halfon .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Giovanni Fusco 
Cinematography by
Michio Takahashi (Japan) (as Takahashi Michio)
Sacha Vierny (France)
Film Editing by
Jasmine Chasney 
Henri Colpi 
Anne Sarraute 
Production Design by
Minoru Esaka  (as Esaka)
Lucilla Mussini (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Gerard Collery 
Makeup Department
Alexandre Marcus .... key makeup artist (as A. Marcus)
Éliane Marcus .... hair stylist (as Eliane Marcus)
Production Management
Sacha Kamenka .... production manager
Takeo Shirakawa .... production manager (as Shirakawa Takeo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
T. Andrefouet .... assistant director
R. Guyonne .... assistant director
Hara .... assistant director
Itoi .... assistant director
Jean Léon .... assistant director (as J.P. Léon)
I. Shirai .... assistant director
Art Department
Miyakuni .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound engineer (as P. Calvet)
René Renault .... sound engineer (as R. Renault)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Chiabaut .... assistant camera (as J. Chiabaut)
Denys Clerval .... assistant camera (as D. Clerval)
Ito .... lighting technician
Goupil Watanabe .... camera operator
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script
Gérard Jarlot .... literary consultant
Nicole Seyler .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Hiroshima mon amour" - France (original title)
"Hiroshima, My Love" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 | Greece:K-15 | Hungary:18 | Ireland:12 (2015) | Italy:VM16 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1974) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2011) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Continuity: After they leave the teahouse, a shot from the side shows Lui standing behind Elle to her left with a gap of about a foot and a half. The next frontal shot shows him standing directly behind her with only a small gap between them.See more »
Lui:[First lines] You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing.
Elle:I saw everything. Everything.
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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
If I could make one film, this would be it!, 25 November 2000
Author: l.mcinerney from Cheshire, England

Quite simply the most touching, inspiring and turbulent film I have ever seen. Although not as gripping as an action film, this piece causes the same emotional rollercoaster.

Resnais, with only 2 characters and 90 minutes manages to capture the extremes of life. The delight of first love and the passion of lust is opposed by the pitfalls of human nature - the way we forget even those things we try, so hard, to keep hold of.

I understand how many people may find this film tedious, admittedly the narrative is hardly full of excitement however it reflects humanity so perfectly, and so deeply, that the film almost hurt as I recognised so much of my own life within it.

As said, as good as any action film!

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