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One of the 20th Century’s Most Powerful Films Is Being Forgotten

by Bill Hayes

In One of the 20th Century’s Most Powerful Films Is Being Forgotten, the New Republic film critic calls on people not to overlook Hiroshima Mon Amour.

I have named it one of my ten best films of all time, in that absurd craze for ranking that tries to turn history into a list. But such claims easily turn unexamined and pointless. I have a smart young editor at The New Republic who admitted that she had not seen the film. I spoke at a college recently where no student had heard of it. You must not expect the young to remember. I am nervous about asking eighteen-year-olds what happened on August 5, 1945, though it was actually August 6 in Japan. [more]