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See the Haunting Photos Emmanuelle Riva Took While Filming ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’

See the Haunting Photos Emmanuelle Riva Took While Filming 'Hiroshima Mon Amour'

Emmanuelle Riva had her first starring role in “Hiroshima Mon Amour.” Her luminous talents as an actress (also playing an actress) were obvious. But like Resnais, Riva was also filming Hiroshima. See her evocative slice-of-life photos of this city in ruin below.

From an original, Oscar-nominated screenplay by the glorious French writer Marguerite Duras, Resnais’ 1959 drama anticipated his many cinematic fascinations to come. Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada play an actress and an architect who, while drifting through Japan, discuss memory and longing across elliptical, time-bending voiceovers as their brief affair begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the devastation of the Hiroshima bomb of 1945 is all around them.

Shut out of Cannes competition in 1959 for its radically anti-nuclear stance, the film picked up the International Critics’ Prize before becoming a worldwide art house sensation — and a film classic. 

Tangled in rights issues and shut out of Resnais retrospectives through the years, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” will tour the US in October 2014. It was restored by Argos Films, Fondation Groupama Gan, Fondation Technicolor and Cineteca Bologna with support from the CNC. Rialto licensed theatrical and TV rights from Paris-based Pretty Pictures. (Watch the TOH! exclusive trailer for the restoration here.)

[Open Culture]

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