Double Suicide

March 8, 2019
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Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s

March 8—June 9, 2019

Film · Monthly Classics

Friday, March 8, 7 PM

New Wave director Masahiro Shinoda utilizes classic Japanese theatrical conventions and avant-garde film techniques to stunning effect in this brilliant modernist adaptation of Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s 18th-century bunraku puppet play about the doomed romance of a married Osaka paper merchant and a courtesan. Among the first films produced by independent film company Art Theatre Guild (ATG)—whose productions from the late 1960s through the 1980s pushed Japanese arthouse cinema in radical new directions—Double Suicide features contributions by some of the era’s most innovative artistic collaborators, including composer (and co-writer) Toru Takemitsu and production designer/art director Kiyoshi Awazu.

1969, 104 min., 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masahiro Shinoda. With Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$5 members

Box Office Policy

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm