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Address: 11 West 53 Street
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Date Time Event Description
Mar-18-18 12:00 AM Being: New Photography 2018
Mar-27-18 12:00 AM Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965 - 2016
Apr-21-18 01:30 PM Bamboo Doll of Echizen

Bamboo Doll of Echizen

1963. Japan. Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura. A lonely geisha finds comfort and companionship in the arms of her lover’s son in this brooding melodrama by Tsutomo Minamaki, a story of forbidden desire, guilt, and betrayal photographed in stark black and white by Kazuo Miyagawa. 35mm print courtesy the National Film Center; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Kadokawa. In Japanese; English subtitles. 103 min.

Apr-21-18 04:00 PM Her Brother

Her Brother

1960. Japan. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. Chosen by the prestigious magazine Kinema Jumpo as the best film of 1960, and still adored by Japanese audiences, Ichikawa’s Her Brother is a tender melodrama about a lonely young woman pressured by her severe, ailing stepmother into sacrificing herself to the needs of her profligate brother. To capture the melancholy, dusky atmosphere of the Taisho period, a time of uncertainty between the two World Wars, cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa pioneered a (now common) technique called gin-nokoshi (“leaving silver”) that accentuated gray, muted color tones through black-and-white lighting. 35mm print from The Museum of Modern Art; courtesy Janus Films. In Japanese; English subtitles. 98 min.

Apr-21-18 07:00 PM Conflagration

Conflagration

1958. Japan. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. Kon Ichikawa transformed one of Japan’s most important 20th-century novels into one of its greatest films, about a sensational incident that occurred in 1950 when a tormented young acolyte burned Kyoto’s ancient Zen temple of the Golden Pavilion to the ground in an ecstatic act of vengeful jealousy. Donald Richie marveled at the film’s “frightening schizoid beauty,” noting how Miyagawa’s widescreen, deep-focus cinematography and Toshiro Mayuzumi’s haunting, incantatory music captured the aesthetic objectivity of Yukio Mishima’s writing. 35mm print from The Japan Foundation; courtesy Janus Films. In Japanese; English subtitles. 99 min.

Apr-22-18 02:00 PM Suzakumon

Suzakumon

1957. Japan. Directed by Kazuo Mori. Kazuo Mori was one of Daiei Studio’s most popular and gifted genre filmmakers, best known for his contributions to the Zatoichi swordsman series but also for stylish crime thrillers like A Certain Killer (screening on April 27). He and cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa won the prestigious Asia-Pacific prize in 1957 for their sumptuous period melodrama Suzakumon, a story of aristocratic star-crossed love by one of Mizoguchi’s favorite authors, Matsutaro Kawaguchi (Ugetsu). 35mm print courtesy the National Film Center; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Kadokawa. In Japanese; English subtitles. 100 min.

Apr-22-18 05:00 PM Reminiscence

Reminiscence

1953. Japan. Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura. Kazuo Miyagawa’s prizewinning black-and-white cinematography draws out the moral shadings of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata’s 1952 novel Thousand Cranes, a quietly devastating story of a young man, orphaned during the war, who stumbles into a passionate yet tragic relationship with his late father’s mistress and her daughter. 35mm print courtesy the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa. In Japanese; English subtitles. 110 min.

Apr-23-18 07:00 PM An Evening with Candy Kugel An Evening with Candy Kugel

In Candy Kugel’s new film I, Candy (2018), the process of deconstructing a childhood drawing triggers the artist’s reflections on a personal history with anti-Semitism, political activism, and life choices affected by luck and determination. Displaying an encyclopedic range of animation techniques with remarkable dexterity, I, Candy is a testament to Kugel’s pioneering 45-year career in the field. Animation artist and historian John Canemaker joins Kugel to discuss her legacy as a woman artist in the traditionally male business of animation.

Apr-23-18 07:15 PM Odd Obsession

Odd Obsession

1959. Japan. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. Critic Pauline Kael describes Ichikawa’s Odd Obsession, adapted from Tanizaki’s famous novel about an old man’s impotence and sexual deviance, as “a beautifully stylized and highly original piece of filmmaking—perverse in the best sense of the word, and worked out with such finesse that each turn of the screw tightens the whole comic structure.” 35mm print from The Japan Foundation; courtesy Janus Films. In Japanese; English subtitles. 107 min.

Apr-24-18 04:30 PM Reminiscence

Reminiscence

1953. Japan. Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura. Kazuo Miyagawa’s prizewinning black-and-white cinematography draws out the moral shadings of Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata’s 1952 novel Thousand Cranes, a quietly devastating story of a young man, orphaned during the war, who stumbles into a passionate yet tragic relationship with his late father’s mistress and her daughter. 35mm print courtesy the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa. In Japanese; English subtitles. 110 min.