Please, devour me. Deform me to the point of ugliness. Why not you? Why not you in this city and in this night, so like other cities and other nights you can hardly tell the difference? I beg of you.
Although it’s been over half a century since the initial release of Alain Resnais’ astonishing Hiroshima mon amour, the film has not lost even a sliver of its beauty. Starring the exquisite Emmanuelle Riva and Elji Okada, Resnais’ overwhelming film, about impossible love and torture of memory, was written by the brilliant Marguerite Duras after he had originally been commissioned to make a short documentary about the atomic bomb. But in amalgamating his affinity for cinematic experimentation inside classic structure and Duras’ skill for eschewing conventional narrative forms and playing with our temporal sense, the result is a heartbreaking masterpiece that overflows with passion and pain yet remains elegant and graceful at every turn.
And with the 52nd New York Film Festival starting later this week, you can see a stunning new 4K restoration at The Film Society of Lincoln Center before it begins a short run in October. So in the meantime, check out the emotionally-stirring trailer for the film courtesy of Rialto Pictures.