2. “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (1959) This early staple of the French New Wave was 32-year-old Riva’s first screen credit and Alain Resnais’ first feature, shooting both to international stardom following the 1959 Cannes film festival. Riva gives a performance at once bright and anguished, playing an unnamed French actress in Hiroshima, Japan, for a film shoot. She meets and falls in love with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) over the course of one feverish day and night. As the two wander a city that seems in a delicate state of repair and yet perversely ordinary, captured by remarkable location shooting that serves as an historical document, Riva excavates personal wartime memories from the debris of her past.
3. “The Conformist” (1970) In Bernardo Bertolucci’s stylish adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel, which garnered the director an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Trintignant stars as Marcello, an inscrutable young man so traumatized by a sexually abusive childhood experience that he becomes a murderous pawn for the Italian Fascist movement and a miserable husband to a tittering dimwit (Stefania Sandrelli). Bertolucci’s zany direction and use of punchy, popping 1930s art deco set design is in fine contrast to Trintignant’s performance -- all glassy eyes and mechanical limbs, hiding an abundance of pain.