Alain Resnais’ truly revolutionary 1959 film about the “impossible love” between a French actress and a Japanese architect. Integrating past and present, poetic images and documentary footage, music and Marguerite Duras’ dialogue, the film achieved a structural balance of such emotional and intellectual power that audiences were stunned. Its rearrangement of temporal and emotional impressions is now old stuff for filmmakers (and even directors of television commercials), but Resnais’ contributions to the New Wave are virtually incalculable. In French with subtitles.