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Hiroshima, Mon Amour • Friday, February 25, 7:30 p.m. • Museum of the Moving Image

Emmanuelle Riva (as Elle) and Eiji Okada (as Lui) in Alain Resnais's HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959), screening at Museum of the Moving Image on February 25, 2011 as part of a comprehensive Alain Resnais retrospective (through March 20). Credit: Zenith International/Photofest. Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image.

Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Hiroshima mon amour)
Friday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
1959, 90 mins. Imported 35mm print.
Written by Marguerite Duras. With Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada. A French actress and Japanese architect meet in Hiroshima; their passionate affair is haunted by personal and historical memories. Jean-Luc Godard wrote of this modernist masterpiece, which is at once sensuous and rigorously cerebral, that “seeing Hiroshima gives you the impression of watching a film that would have been absolutely inconceivable in terms of what you already know of cinema.”

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Alain Resnais's LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961), screens on February 26 and 27, at Museum of the Moving Image as part of a comprehensive Alain Resnais retrospective. Photo Courtesy Rialto Pictures.

Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad)
Saturday, February 26, 5:30p.m. and Sunday, February 27, 3:30 p.m.
1961, 94 mins. 35mm print from Rialto Pictures.
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet. With Delphine Seyrig. In a sumptuous, baroque grand hotel, an elegant man tries to convince a beautiful woman that they have met a year before, setting off an enigmatic and dreamlike series of events in Resnais's luscious, mysterious film. In many ways the quintessential arthouse movie, Last Year at Marienbad, with Delphine Seyrig's Coco Chanel gowns and Sacha Vierney's exquisite widescreen black-and-white photography, is both sensually and cerebrally engaging. “Hopelessly retro, eternally avant-garde, and one of the most influential films ever made,” wrote Village Voice critic J. Hoberman.

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