Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)

 

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Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) Alain Renais directs this original screenplay by Marguerite Duras explores survivor guilt between a French nurse and a Japanese married man through their brief affair, tainted by memories of WWII. Using documentary footage of the aftermath of the American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Renais suggests a collapse of love in the post-nuclear age.

Those who are left with skin

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Caress each other’s beauty

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As if a holocaust might return.

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Grains of sweat bead each refugee.

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They glisten along the arm and thigh

To signify smell or touch that cinema

With its male eye cannot supply.

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Two outcasts grapple in the raw.

 

The French Nurse, whose hair grew back

After conviction as a collaborator,

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In the pitch black rollback of a flashback

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Married her German soldier.

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Now she wanders city streets of Hiroshima,

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Pachinko parlors, neon skylights,

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Streets devoid of people, an outlaw

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For a male body to warm the night.

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The Occupation reconstructed hospital

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Where burn victims are studied,

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Where flesh became pure protocol,

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Bears witness to American speed.

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She wanders and needs to assuage

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Through flesh what makes of race

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Or nation some inhuman rage —

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French with German with Asian embrace.

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And yet, at end of day, she cannot recall

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His name, nor he forgive her flaw.

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His parting words to her appall:

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“You do not know Hiroshima.”

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[Disposable Poem August 10. 2016]

Dr. Mike

 

Alain Resnais’ “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” (1959) – A Film About A New Type of Love That Must Be Stronger Than Human Destructiveness. Click for full analysis.

 

 

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