Introducing FilmStruck By Peter Becker
Although he was one of the most popular directors of the twentieth century in Japan, Keisuke Kinoshita is not widely known in the United States. A new series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, programmed by Richard Peña in celebration of the filmmaker’s centennial, aims to change that. In The Films of Keisuke Kinoshita, which began yesterday and will run for a week, the Shochiku studio standby is being honored with screenings of fifteen of his films, made from 1943 to 1964, in 35 mm prints and DCPs courtesy of Janus Films; many of them have rarely before been available to be seen in this country. Highlights include the kabuki-inflected folk tale retelling The Ballad of Narayama (1958); the musical satire Carmen Comes Home (1951), Japan's first color film; and Twenty-four Eyes (1954), one of the nation’s most beloved films, which follows twenty years in the life of a schoolteacher (Hideko Takamine). Watch Shochiku’s moving trailer for that last film, which is available on Criterion DVD.