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segunda-feira, 14 de julho de 2014

Kenji Mizoguchi: A Cinema of Totality

opresented by The Japan Foundation “The great thing about Mizoguchi was his tireless effort to imbue every scene with reality.”—Akira Kurosawa Between the early 1920s and the year of his death, Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) made more than seventy-five films (though many of the films are lost), moving easily across genres from samurai tales to contemporary melodramas. His mature style is evident beginning with his 1936 classic, Sisters of the Gion. A master of marrying form and content, Mizoguchi often employs elegant long takes and sequence shots. Well known for the one scene/one take method, his aesthetic is based largely on a strategy that gives each shot equal weight, in which the camera often moves in intricate relationship to its subject, kept at a distance from the actors without the use of close-ups. His thematic concerns deal famously with the subjugation of women in society, but also with the transience of life. Mizoguchi has the extraordinary ability to create worlds that are complete unto themselves, presenting a seamless unity between style and theme. This sometimes mysterious quality, one that fuses poetry and reality, has led filmmakers and critics alike to comment upon the remarkable nature of Mizoguchi’s cinema. For instance, Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice writes, “Mizoguchi was, first of all, an outstanding poet who was able to express, with a fertile imagination and a sincere human profundity, the moral drama of his own generation. The destruction, the dreams, the forbidden loves which flow through his films are about the crisis of consciousness in modern Japan.” We present here a substantial selection of Mizoguchi’s extant films drawn, in part, from archival collections. Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator Learn More! Film historian David Bordwell blogs on Mizoguchi. Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Ugetsu Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1953). (Ugetsu monogatari). BAM/PFA Collection Print! Consistently named as one of the best films ever made, Mizoguchi’s ethereal fable crafts the darkest shadows from the darkest human desires. In sixteenth-century Japan, a potter has his head turned by a phantom enchantress, with predictable results. (96 mins) Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:30 p.m. Sisters of the Gion Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1936). (Gion no shimai). In this famous melodrama, Mizoguchi strips away the romantic veneer of the geisha ideal in this unsentimental portrait of the sex business as a losing proposition for both the tradition-bound geisha and the modern girl alike. “A masterpiece” (Tadao Sato). (69 mins) Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:00 p.m. Osaka Elegy Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1936). (Naniwa hika). Imported Print! In a 1936 Osaka sparkling with the seductive allure of capitalism, Mizoguchi depicts the humiliations of a switchboard operator who adapts to the times. Isuzu Yamada stars in “Mizoguchi’s most brilliant pre-war film” (Joan Mellen). (72 mins) Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:00 p.m. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1939). (Zangiku monogatari). Imported Print! Amid the clamorous and rigorous world of kabuki, a would-be actor owes his artistic development to his lover's encouragement and ultimate self-sacrifice. (142 mins) Saturday, June 28, 2014 6:00 p.m. The 47 Ronin, Parts I & II Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1941/1942). (Genroku Chushingura). Imported Print! Mizoguchi tackles one of Japan’s most enduring tales—the vengeance of forty-seven warriors following their lord’s forced hara-kiri—in this lavishly budgeted epic, filmed during WWII. Special admission prices apply. (219 mins, with a 15-minute intermission between parts I and II) Saturday, July 5, 2014 6:30 p.m. Utamaro and His Five Women Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1946). (Utamaro omeguru gonin no onna). This biography of the legendary eighteenth-century ukiyo-e artist Utamaro is “the closest Mizoguchi came to an autobiographical statement about the making of art” (Phillip Lopate). (93 mins) Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. My Love Has Been Burning Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1949). (Waga koi wamoenu). In the 1880s, a crucial period in the modernization of Japan, a determined young woman (Kinuyo Tanaka) leaves home to become involved in the political turmoil in Tokyo. (96 mins) Friday, July 11, 2014 7:30 p.m. The Life of Oharu Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1952). (Saikaku ichidai onna). This story of a noblewoman’s fall from grace is “perhaps the finest film made in any country about the oppression of women” (Joan Mellen). “One of the ten greatest films in the history of cinema” (Derek Malcolm). With Kinuyo Tanaka. (136 mins) Friday, July 18, 2014 7:00 p.m. Miss Oyu Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1951). (Oyu-sama). Imported Print! Kinuyo Tanaka stars in this contemplative and ambiguous account of a love triangle, based on a story by Junichiro Tanizaki and translated through Mizoguchi’s use of the long, mobile shot infused with emotion. “An exceptionally poignant melodrama” (Andrew Sarris). (95 mins Friday, July 25, 2014 7:00 p.m. A Geisha Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1953). (Gion bayashi). Imported Print! (Gion bayashi). A sixteen-year-old Ayako Wakao became a star in Mizoguchi’s update of his earlier Sisters of the Gion, now set—significantly—against the occupied Japan of 1953. It is the story of the friendship of an older geisha and her teenage protégée. (85 mins) Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:00 p.m. Crucified Lovers: A Story from Chikamatsu Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1954). (Chikamatsu monogatari). Imported Print! A merchant’s wife and her husband’s servant embark on a doomed love affair in this torrid tale of forbidden romance. Mizoguchi at his most painterly and romantic. (102 mins) Friday, August 1, 2014 7:00 p.m. A Woman of Rumor Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1954). (Uwasa no onna). Imported Print! Kinuyo Tanaka stars as the madam of a brothel who finds herself competing with her own daughter for the affections of a young doctor. “Has the feeling of late Ford or Buñuel, of a director who has arrived at the most subtly exquisite, minimalist ways of expressing his deepest, most complex sentiments” (Andrew Sarris). (83 mins) Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:00 p.m. The Taira Clan Saga Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1955). (Shin heike monogatari). Imported Print! In twelfth-century Kyoto, during a power struggle between the landed gentry and the monastic forces, a young man of the military class seizes power and changes the course of Japanese history. Cult actor Raizo Ichikawa stars in this, one of Mizoguchi’s most Shakespearean tales. (108 mins) Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:00 p.m. Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1954). (Sansho dayu). BAM/PFA Collection Print! Bring all your senses and your handkerchief to this haunting tale of a family (led by Kinuyo Tanaka) victimized by the cruel practices of feudal Japan, “developed with intuition, cunning, and an overarching sense of tragedy” (SF Weekly). (126 mins) Friday, August 22, 2014 8:45 p.m. Princess Yang Kwei-Fei Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1955). (Yokihi). Imported Print! Part fairy tale, part ghost story, Princess Yang Kwei-fei relates the legend of an eighth-century Chinese emperor who falls in love with a servant girl (Machiko Kyo) and makes her his consort. “One of the most beautiful films ever to treat beauty as a subject” (Andrew Sarris). (98 mins Friday, August 29, 2014 7:00 p.m. Street of Shame Kenji Mizoguchi (Japan, 1956). (Akasen chitai). Mizoguchi’s last film brought together some of Japan’s greatest actresses—including Machiko Kyo and Ayako Wakao—to dramatize the struggles and dreams of five prostitutes in Tokyo’s red-light district. “The best of all films examining the problems of women in postwar Japan” (Donald Richie). (86 mins)

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