Sansho The Bailiff

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 11:30 AM

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 7 PM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 9 PM

”This is one of the greats, and I’m too much in awe of it to say much more than: See it—as often as you can. Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 film is the story of a family torn apart by political upheavals in 11th-century Japan—the children sold into slavery, the mother made a courtesan, the father lost. Mizoguchi looks out on utter devastation, but gathers the threads of his narrative—the visual and aural motifs, the sublime camera movements—to weave a final image of affirmation, transcendence, eternity….” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader)

1954 Kenji Mizoguchi 1.33:1 B&W DCP 124 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.