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This Saturday: KENJI MIZOGUCHI

Kenji Mizoguchi populated his films with marginalized women such as geishas, barmaids, and mistreated housewives. But unlike stereotypical heroines who toil for an elusive dignity, Mizoguchi’s women selflessly devote themselves to the objects of their love. Mizoguchi’s heroines seem to transcend the horrors they endure in a manner that is reflects Mizoguchi’s devout Buddhism, and these tragic tales are couched in a quiet lyricism that both evokes and celebrates the impermanence of human life. Mizoguchi’s camera lingers on the stillness of a natural setting or the passing of a moment, rather than on the machinations of plot. Individual humans seem barely consequential: they work, suffer, love, and die subject to a larger, unchanging order.


This Saturday's Movies - 9/20/2014
4:00 PM
In mediaeval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated.

(Japan, 1954, B&W, 126 mins, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka & Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Japanese with English subtitles).

6:30 PM
Stunning photography mark this story set during the Japanese civil wars of 16th century. Here two ambitious peasants want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai.

(Japan, 1954, B&W, 94 mins, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, with Masayuki Mori & Machiko Kyo, Japanese with English subtitles)

8:30 PM
The tragic, awful relections of a 17th century samurai's daughter, as she looks back on her life.

(Japan, 1952, 146 mins, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, with Kinuyo Tanaka & Toshiro Mifune, Japanese wtih English subtitles)

10:50 PM
Berlin: The song of the city, from the trains, to the people, to the theatre,starting at the earliest morning (about 5:00am) and ending in the deepest night.

(Germany, 1927, B&W, 72 mins, dir. Walter Ruttmann, Silent with music score)



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