Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 246: Mon Sep 5

Shunkinsho: Okoto to Sasuke (Shimazu, 1935): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm

This 35mm presentation, also being screened on September 5th, is part of the Kinuyo Tanaka season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Film at Lincoln Center review:
Among Tanaka’s personal favorites, the first of many adaptations of Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s classic novel A Portrait of Shunkin casts the 25-year-old actress as a blind music teacher, Okoto, living affluently in Osaka during the Meiji era. She rejects nearly every male suitor, but her servant Sasuke (Kōkichi Takada), who escorts her to lessons, takes his growing adoration for her to bizarre lengths. Employing a sharply confined, period-specific space and a sync soundtrack of koto-shamisen music, Shimazu transforms the source text’s masochistic romance into something more like a chaste melodrama, while Tanaka’s magnetic, astonishingly modern performance instigates the film’s palpably tense climax.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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