Monday, March 24, 2008

Saikaku ichidai onna (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952) aka The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Rating: 10

A bleak, poetic, and compassionate portrait of an ill-fated woman who's purity is corrupted by society and her environment. Oharu reflects on her life of misery as she gradually falls further from grace as her misfortune continues to snowball. Mizoguchi's compositions, pacing, and camera work is as elegant and graceful as Oharu herself, yet the dark sky and gloomy clouds are always ominously lingering above. It's shocking that this doesn't have a proper DVD release here yet.

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