Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 - Sat, Aug 26, 2017
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JAPANESE ARTHOUSE CLASSICS

The aftermath of World War II brought sweeping changes to the motion picture industry including the Paramount decree of 1948, which marked the end of studio-owned theater chains. With newly independent theaters across the country and such boutique distributors as Janus and New Yorker Films arising to service them, the art house was born. As Italian and French production rebounded, neo-realism and the nouvelle vague became popular imports, but soon cineastes began looking east - to the films of Japan.

Japanese cinema has a rich history going back to the silent era, but the 1950s are seen by many as a golden age. Kenji Mizoguchi had been making films for nearly two decades before the war; his painstaking attention to period detail and empathy for his characters are on brilliant display in LIFE OF OHARU and poetic ghost story UGETSU. Also among the directorial pantheon of the era is Yasujirō Ozu, renowned for his precise shot compositions and elliptical family dramas including TOKYO STORY and AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON.

Though unconnected to the French movement, a Japanese new wave in the 1960s introduced a generation of directors eager to shake up cinematic conventions. Among the most experimental of these was Hiroshi Teshigahara, who worked outside the Japanese studio system to create several striking allegories about society and individuality. Both Cannes Special Jury Prize winner WOMAN IN THE DUNES and THE FACE OF ANOTHER were collaborations with writer Kōbō Abe, and pair thought-provoking stories with unforgettable imagery.

Program notes and series compilation by John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Aug 24, 2017 - Sat, Aug 26, 2017
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Aug 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Aug 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
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