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Ugetsu
Genre:Art/Foreign
Year:1953
Rating:?
Length:96min
Country:Japan
Cast:Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, and Kinuyo Tanaka
Credits:Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (Japanese w/English subtitles, bw, 35mm)

Synopsis: A work of unsurpassed lyricism and emotional power, Ugetsu is considered by many to be Mizoguchi's masterpiece, and is frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made. During the feudal wars of the 16th century. an ambitous village potter abandons his devoted wife for the wealth of the city and the illicit pleasures of a ghost woman. Ugetsu is simultaneously realistic, allegorical, and supernatural, and has a structure based on classical Noh drama; its magnificent use of paranormic, long-take sequence shots attests to Mizoguchi's status as one of the cinema's most accomplished practitioners of mise-en-scene aesthetics. Although Mizoguchi's characteristic concern for the plight of women is also very much in evidence, the film represents something of a retreat from the radical feminism of his earlier works to a more resigned accaptance.

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