October 15 – 22

Novelist, essayist, and playwright Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was well-established in literary circles when, at 45, she penned the screenplay for Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). Its nonlinear plot and elliptical editing would greatly impact the burgeoning French New Wave (a movement whose literary analogue, the Nouveau Roman, Duras was tangentially linked to). The film’s radical use of voiceover anticipates the disjunction of sound and image that would become her calling card. Duras directed 19 features and short films, many adapted from her own work, all exceedingly difficult to see in the U.S. On the occasion of her centennial and the re-release of Hiroshima Mon Amour, we present a selection of her formally daring films, movies adapted from her writing, and more.

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