Night and Fog in Japan

(Nagisa Oshima, 1960). A great one-of-a-kind movie, Nagisa Oshima's 1960 feature employs a highly stylized mise-en-scene of long tracking shots and theatrical lighting to detail the collapse of a radical student movement. It’s not necessary to know the ins and outs of the US-Japanese Security Treaty or the history of the Japanese Communist Party to appreciate Oshima’s brilliant, innovative film sense or his anguished evocation of youthful bitterness.
Sat., Sept. 27, 4:45 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m., 2008

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