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Ugetsu Monogatari [Feb. 3rd, 2011|10:26 am]
Tony Grist
There are ghosts. There's a rape. There are several killings- one a beheading. Rampaging soldiers are on the loose, doing what rampaging soldiers do. But it's a very gentle film. The story flows over and past its sensational incidents like water over the pebbles in a stream bed. Mizoguchi's prime mode is compassion. He cares for his characters, he observes them, he keeps his distance.  
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[User Picture]From: setsuled
2011-02-03 06:39 pm (UTC)
This is how an angel with a movie camera might picture the world.

Yeah, particularly all Machiko Kyo's scenes and the river crossing. It's always a lovely movie to watch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-02-03 07:21 pm (UTC)
I love how he does the supernatural without any camera tricks or special effects.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-02-03 10:44 pm (UTC)
I've never seen (or heard of!) this film, though I've read the book in the original Japanese. (Aha, a quick google indicates that it wasn't available till this century, long after I stopped being a Japanese expert.) I'll have to add it to my Netflix queue.
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[User Picture]From: setsuled
2011-02-04 09:10 am (UTC)
It deviates quite a bit from the original story and it's fused with a Guy de Maupassant story, but the end result is very good. Though the Akinari half is much better than the Maupassant half.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-02-04 09:59 am (UTC)
I just treated myself to a box set of Mizoguchi movies.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-02-04 12:50 pm (UTC)
Mizoguchi is amazing.
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