Dir. Mikio Naruse (1955). Regarded as Naruses masterpiece, this epic tale of deluded lovers epitomizes his deceptively artless restraint and uncanny ability to mediate between the maudlin and the mordant. The movies extraordinary success established Naruse as Japans top director of womens films but his unsentimental cinema is the opposite of escapist.
Fri., April 15, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2011