Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour (二十四時間の情事) at Row House Cinema, November 6 and 10.



The 1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour (二十四時間の情事) will play at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville on November 6 and 10. A summary from a 2014 Village Voice review:
Emmanuelle Riva is a haunted French actress on location in Japan; Eiji Okada is a married architect indulging her for a two-day impromptu, and as their memories and stories commingle, the past — of the Hiroshima bombing and of occupied-Europe guilt and heartbreak — rises like floodwaters. Bedevilingly stylish even as it flirts with neurotic navel-gazing, Resnais's ruminative classic is merely the first salvo in his career's exploration of why we shape life into storytelling — and how sometimes we fail.
A 1960 New York Times review:
A viewer, it must be stated at the outset, needs patience in order to appreciate the slow but calculated evolvement of the various levels of the film's drama, despite its fine, literal English subtitles. Neither M. Resnais nor Mlle. Duras are direct in their approach.

For the first fifteen minutes, our lovers, in intimate embrace, seemingly are savoring the ecstacies of their moment. Simultaneously, however, they are discussing Hiroshima, the 200,000 dead, the remembrance (shown in harrowingly stark newsreel and documentary footage of that monumental holocaust) of that frightful period in history. It is, in striking effect, an oblique but vivid reminder of the absolutes of love and death.
The movie will play on November 6th at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and on the 10th at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets for the four showings are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

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