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Special Screening: The Makioka Sisters

August 17, 2011 - August 26, 2011

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“Ichikawa is a deadpan sophisticate, with a film technique so masterly that he pulls you into the worlds he creates.”—Pauline Kael

“Splendid! Ichikawa uses color flamboyantly, from the pale pink cherry blossoms of spring to the red and yellow maple leaves of fall to the stark whiteness of the still snow of winter.”—Los Angeles Times

Kon Ichikawa’s 1983 film, based on a Tanizaki novel and presented in a new 35mm print, chronicles four sisters in 1930s Osaka, scions of a once-wealthy shipbuilding family who are under pressure to marry well to ease the family’s debts. “A Whartonian work of compassionate nostalgia tinctured with irony . . . overwhelmed sporadically by onrushes of beauty—a rapturous collage of kimono fabric (and) the sisters’ annual spring viewing of the cherry blossoms” (Village Voice).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
7:00 p.m. The Makioka Sisters
Kon Ichikawa (Japan, 1983). Kon Ichikawa’s 1983 film, based on a Tanizaki novel and presented in a new 35mm print, chronicles four sisters in 1930s Osaka, scions of a once-wealthy shipbuilding family who are under pressure to marry well to ease the family’s debts. “A rapturous collage of kimono fabric (and) the sisters’ annual spring viewing of the cherry blossoms” (Village Voice).

Friday, August 26, 2011
7:00 p.m. The Makioka Sisters
Kon Ichikawa (Japan, 1983). Kon Ichikawa’s 1983 film, based on a Tanizaki novel and presented in a new 35mm print, chronicles four sisters in 1930s Osaka, scions of a once-wealthy shipbuilding family who are under pressure to marry well to ease the family’s debts. “A rapturous collage of kimono fabric (and) the sisters’ annual spring viewing of the cherry blossoms” (Village Voice).