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Alain Resnais' Haunting Early Masterpiece 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Return to Theaters

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! June 17, 2014 at 12:19PM

This Fall, Rialto Pictures will present a newly burnished 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' gorgeous black-and-white breakout "Hiroshima Mon Amour," which has long been unavailable for exhibition in the US.
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Hiroshima Mon Amour

This Fall, Rialto Pictures will present a newly burnished 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' gorgeous black-and-white breakout "Hiroshima Mon Amour," which has long been unavailable for exhibition in the US.

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. 


Resnais' farewell film, "Life of Riley," bowed at the Berlinale this year three weeks before he died on March 1 at the age of 91.

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.

Trailer below.

This article is related to: News, Rialto Pictures, Alain Resnais, Emmanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.