Friday, August 12, 2005

Hiroshima Mon Amour...

On the topic of Hiroshima, I watched a DVD last night of the famous French movie called 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' made in 1959.
It is about a "A French young woman[who] has spent the night with a japanese man, at Hiroshima where she went for the shooting of a film about peace. He reminds her of the first man she loved. It was during World War II, and he was a German soldier. The main themes of this film are memory and oblivion."

I thought it was quite short and poignant and wished the end was different but accepted that this is life and it cannot be otherwise. In the flashbacks we get to see how horrible the effects of the nuclear bomb were , makes you wish never to survive an atomic attack. Death would be preferrable.
Here is the New York Times review about this much decorated movie. Go watch it en Francais, it is very easy to understand and stronger, for the lazy ones there are subtitles of course!

Personally I loved the actor Eiji Okada ( who died in 1995) including his broken French accent and jet black hair( simply gorgeous).


Martha said...

Nice blog , I liked this movie too back in the 60s, surprised to find young people are still watching it now.

Highlander said...