Street of Shame (Revival)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 11:30 AM;

MONDAY, AUGUST 23 7 PM;

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 9 PM.

The great Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff) ended his career with a little-seen drama about the lives of sex workers in modern-day Tokyo. “Dreamland” is a legal brothel, but the Japanese government is considering outlawing prostitution, forcing the women who work there (Michiyo Kogure, Machiko Kyô, Ayako Wakao, Aiko Mimasu, and Hiroko Machida) to ponder existential questions. As a social critique, Street of Shame still has teeth—nearly every conversation revolves around money, and the dilemmas the characters face resonate 65 years later. The film is remarkably unsentimental, but that still doesn’t prepare you for the brutal final shot.

1956 Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 85 min. In Japanese with English subtitles.