Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953
It’s classic Japanese cinema, this, set in a time of samurais and peasants. There is lots of ghostly mistiness, and useless men following their dreams while the women have to deal with more earthly realities. It also seemed that in 16th century Japan, everyone scurried about very hurriedly, except princesses who had to do that weird glidey walk demanded of higher-class ladies.
I think I’ve seen it before, but not in the cinema, and we tried to screen it for Magic Lantern Film Club but couldn’t get the licence because it was being restored. So it was great to see it on a big screen finally, in Japanese with Spanish subtitles!
Other cultural highlights this weekend:
Last night I went to Dansat! in the neighbourhood of Sant Andreu to see some contemporary dance, Lo.Li.Ta/La Mort. It looked really interesting but I was very disappointed. There wasn’t any dancing! I didn’t think it had much artistic merit either, no abstraction or metaphor. Too literal and kinda pointless.
I got home and listened to an excellent BBC radio play, County Lines by Amelia Bullmore.