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House of Bamboo and Anatahan
August 2, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM$10
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.
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.