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House of Bamboo and Anatahan

August 2, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

House of Bamboo (1955)
Directed by Samuel Fuller

In the postwar era, Hollywood shot a couple dozen films in Japan, where filmmakers explored the country’s vivid natural and urban spaces and the U.S. occupation — with all its colonialist reverberations. Samuel Fuller took CinemaScope cameras to Tokyo for this crime saga about a U.S. military detective who infiltrates an American crime syndicate and gets involved with the Japanese widow of a thief. The movie climaxes with a bravura set-piece in an amusement park perched atop a Tokyo department store. It’s the height of postwar movie action and Scope cinematography.

Director: Samuel Fuller. Screenwriter: Harry Kleiner Cast: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi

35mm, color, 103 min.

Followed by:

Anatahan (1953)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Some Hollywood filmmakers found more freedom overseas. This was true for Josef von Sternberg, who became fascinated by the true story of a group of Japanese sailors who were stranded on an isolated island, unaware of the war’s end. For his last film, the director opted not to set this tale in a real Japanese locale but to recreate an island jungle on a Kyoto soundstage, where he applied his distinctly Hollywood studio approach to visual design. A saga of human instinct and subjugation, it plays like a fever dream with un-subtitled Japanese dialogue and Sternberg’s own benshi-like narration.

Director/Screenwriter: Josef von Sternberg Cast: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura

DCP, b/w, 93 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
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August 2, 2019
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States