November 5 ~ Sansho the Bailiff (Sansho Dayu) (1954)
125 min., 35mm, B&W
This was the third film of Mizoguchi's to win an award at the Venice Film Festival (after Life of Oharu and Ugetsu). The story is about an aristocratic family in 11 th century Japan that loses everything. The mother is kidnapped and forced into prostitution and the two children are sent to the slave camp of the notorious Sansho. Japanese with English Subtitles.
(Print provided by the British Film Institute. Permission from Janus/Criterion.)
Added by arborupdate on August 25, 2004