The great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi hasn’t had a full US retrospective in nearly twenty years; this will be the first to include all thirty of his surviving films. (He made eighty-five.) While it is impossible to sum up Mizoguchi’s oeuvre, it can be noted that his worldview was profoundly affected by the fate of an older sister who was sold into prostitution to support the family, and the fluid long takes of his early talkies were as radical in their day as those of Jean Renoir. Everything is being projected as film, mainly on 35mm; the retrospective will travel to Cambridge and Berkeley later in the year.
For a complete schedule of the retrospective, please visit MOMI’s website.
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