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The Life of Oharu
Kinuyo Tanaka stars as a courtesan in the film by Kenji Mizoguchi that helped put Japan on the cinematic map.
Mizoguchi’s personal favorite of all his films, The Life of Oharu is in many ways a summary work, the crystallization of his vision of a woman martyred by social injustice and the Meiji era as a dark cauldron of the repressive, misogynistic and feudalist sprits that linger, atavistically, in his contemporary films. Tanaka reveals incredible range in her depiction of a courtesan’s vertiginous fall from grace, a trajectory whose gleaming sharp edge revealingly eviscerates the seedyView more
$10 / $8 non-Harvard students and seniors / Harvard students free
Contact: (617) 496-3211
Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Although parking in Cambridge is difficult (most of the surrounding streets have restricted parking for Cambridge residents only), metered parking on Broadway and Harvard Streets, as well as the rest of Harvard Square, is free after 8pm. Film-goers are encouraged to use public transportation, particularly the MBTA Red Line.
The film has English subtitles.
The film has English subtitles.View less
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