Director: Alain Resnais
Cast: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Bernard Fresson, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud
France, Japan, 1959, 91’, black & white; French, Japanese, English with Turkish subtitles
Made in 1959, Hiroshima mon amour is a modern-day narrative by Alain Resnais, one of the well-known names of the French New Wave. It has gone down in history as a touching elegy and a stinging humanist critique about innocent people who have lost their lives. Besides being Alain Resnais’s masterpiece, Hiroshima mon amour is also considered one of the exemplary films of modern narrative cinema. One of the rightist members of the French New Wave, Resnais touches upon global problems using certain individual experiences. A small escapade in a hotel leads to fundamental oppositions like love and war, death and life, destruction and repair. Resnais shows us the relationship between a French woman and the German soldier she falls in love with, and how the soldier is killed by the French afterwards, using this story to narrate the war between Germany and France and the occupation of an innocent city (Nevers). Here, the German soldier represents Germany, which will end just like the woman’s lover, disappearing forever. The film is also important for its documentary aspects. The first scenes depicts Hiroshima right after the bomb, showing the destruction of war in all its starkness, with ruined houses, crippled children, people barely hanging on to life. The film came to occupy a unique place in the history of cinema with its anti-war approach and its modern style of narration.
In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.
Pera Museum Blog is launching a new series of creepy stories in collaboration with Turkey’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Arts Association (FABISAD). The Association’s member writers are presenting newly commissioned short horror stories inspired by the artworks of Mario Prassinos as part of the Museum’s In Pursuit of an Artist: Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul exhibition. The third story is by Murat Başekim! The stories will be published online throughout the exhibition. Stay tuned!
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