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Ziguernerweisen (Japan, 1980)

March 6, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

UCLA Film & Television Archive; the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution; Japan Foundation; and UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies present “Action, Anarchy, and Audacity: A Seijun Suzuki Retrospective.”

Ziguernerweisen (Japan, 1980)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki

Named the best film of the 1980s in a poll of Japanese film critics, Zigeunerweisen (1980) takes its title from a recording of violin music by Pablo de Sarasate. The piece haunts the film’s two main characters: Aochi, an uptight professor at a military academy, and his erstwhile colleague Nakasago, who is now a wild-haired wanderer and possible murderer. The movie’s plot is a metaphysical ghost story involving love triangles, doppelgangers, and a blurred line between the worlds of the living and the dead. “Underlying the teasing riddles,” writes film critic Tony Rayns, “is an aching lament for the sumptuous hybrid culture of the 1920s that was swept away by the militarism of the 1930s.”

Production: Cinema Placet Prods. Producer: Genjiro Arato. Director: Seijun Suzuki. Screenwriter: Yozo Tanaka. Cinematographer: Kazue Nagatsuka. Production Design: Takeo Kimura. Music: Kaname Kawachi. With: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Otani, Toshiya Fujita, Michiyo Okusu, Kisako Makishi.

35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles, 144 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 6, 2016
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States