When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Dir. Mikio Naruse (1960). Mikio Naruse’s magnificent 1960 melodrama is an elegant essay in black and white cinemascope and tinkling cocktail jazz—this tale of a bar hostess’ attempt to escape her lot could give heartbreak lessons to Fassbinder and Sirk.
Thu., April 14, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 & 9:40 p.m., 2011

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