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(aka '24 - jikan no joji')


directed by Alain Resnais
USA 2001

A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award-nominated® screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork.


Theatrical Release: June 10th, 1959 - France

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Distribution Criterion Collection  Spine # 196 Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:06
Video 1.31:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 7.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

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DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 18

Edition Details:

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • Cinepanorama interview with Alain Resnais (1961) (5:42)
  • Audio interview with Alain Resnais (1980) (10:49)
  • Emmanuelle Riva interviewed by François Chalais at Cannes (1959) (5:40) and in 2003 (19:18)
  • Excerpts from Duras’ annotations to the screenplay (8:19)
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • A new essay on the film by Kent Jones
  • A new essay on composer Giovanni Fusco by Russell Lack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


What can you say; Criterion does it again. Although there are still some scratches on the archival footage, it has been cleaned up very well. The "film" footage is marvelous with superb contrast and sharpness. The Extras speak for themselves. This is another stellar job by Criterion. Bravo!out of

Gary W. Tooze

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French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
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The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
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