Friday, February 22 @ 7PM in New Haven, CT [silent film accompaniment]
When: Friday, February 22nd @ 7PM
What: Kinema Club 18: Fukujusō
Dir. Jiro Kawate, 1935, 67 mins.
*Performing with benshi (silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka
Rediscovered at the 2009 Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (now Rainbow Reel Tokyo), this astonishing film from 1935 tells the story of two women in love. Precocious high schooler Kaoru (Egawa Naomi) eagerly awaits the arrival of her “sister,” her older brother’s soon-to-be wife. Upon meeting, the two develop an emotionally charged relationship that proposes an alternative to the new marriage but is eventually jeopardized. While Fukujusō is a tragic melodrama of thwarted love, it is also characterized by a surprising levity, thanks to Keaton-esque gags and the playful, innovative cinematography of Nakai Asakazu, who was later a frequent collaborator of Kurosawa Akira.
Kataoka will narrate in Japanese with accompanying English subtitles.
Where: Whitney Humanities Center at Yale Univesrity
53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06520