Some treats coming up at the Cinema Museum…
Tuesday 20 January
Throne of Blood
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada
1957 – 110 minutes
Kurosawa’s transposition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to sixteenth-century Japan is immensely successful in capturing the spirit of the original. A truly remarkable film combining beauty and terror to produce a mood of haunting power, Throne of Blood also shows Kurosawa’s familiar mastery of atmosphere, action, and the savagery of war.
Tuesday 17 February
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Cast: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka
1949 – 109 minutes
One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, Late Spring tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.
Tuesday 17 March
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Takashi Shimura
1954 – 98 minutes
Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing.
Saturday 7 February
Merrily We Go To Hell
Director: Dorothy Arzner
Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen, Cary Grant
1932 – 78 minutes
A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania
Friday 6 March
Director: Josef von Sternburg
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall
1932 – 97 minutes
A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband’s operation.
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