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This Saturday: KENJI MIZOGUCHI

An early and lasting influence on Akira Kurosawa, 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 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


This Saturday's Movies - 7/18/2020
4:00 PM
In 17th century Kyoto, Osan is married to Ishun, a wealthy miserly scroll-maker. When Osan is falsely accused of having an affair with the best worker, Mohei, the pair flee the city and declare their love for each other. Ishun orders his men to find them, and separate them to avoid public humiliation. (Japan, 1954, B&W, 100 mins, dir. Kenji Mizoguchi, with Kazuo Hasegawa & Kyoko Kagawa, Japanese with English subtitles)
5:45 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).
7:50 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)
9:30 PM
The tragic, awful reflections 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)


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