Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 171: Wed Nov 3

Fallen Blossoms (Ishida, 1938): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm

This 35mm presentation also screens on October 31 (details here) and is part of the BFI Southbank Japan season (all the films can be found via this link).

BFI Southbank introduction:
History is viewed as ‘her story’ in this unsung classic, a story of a Kyoto geisha house, which scholar Noel Burch calls ‘one of the most remarkable community portraits ever filmed’. It’s notable for director Ishida’s innovative style, in which shots are almost never repeated, and for its all-female on-screen cast – a phenomenon rare today, let alone in the 1930s.

Here (and above) is the film.

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