Japan / 1953 / Japanese with Spanish and English subtitles / 96
Mar 10 - 12:45 Cine Colombia (Caribe Plaza) 4
Mar 11 - 20:30 Cine Colombia (Paseo de la Castellana) 4
“Tall, mysterious tales told by the light of the moon on rainy days go straight to the hearts of men and awaken their fantasies.” Taking its cue from traditional Japanese fables, in Ugetsu the ghosts that haunt us take on a very real presence in the supernatural, hypnotic world of the great Mizoguchi. In times of war, men’s desires are unleashed. Genjuro, a skilled potter, sees an opportunity to do business. Blinded by ambition and greed, he leaves his wife and daughter and walks into the arms of a strange woman. At the same time, his brother-in-law, obsessed with becoming a Samurai, forges a tragic destiny for himself and his wife. Mizoguchi paints a vivid picture of a society in which the misfortunes of its womenfolk—always relegated to a backseat when it comes to making decisions—can be attributed to the avarice of its menfolk, but it is the film’s masterful photography that lends it its legendary, phantasmagorical tone. As in every fable, there is a moral, but accompanying it is a mesmerizing mise-en-scene that makes this a classic hard to forget.
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Mizoguchi made his first film in 1922. He filmed almost 90 movies, only two in color: Yôkihi (1955) and Shin Heike monogatari (1955). Along with Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō. Ozu is one of the best-known Japanese directors.