Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Mar 1, 2020
7:30pm

A SALUTE TO KELLY REICHARDT
Double Feature!
UGETSU / LITTLE BY LITTLE

“UGETSU was a touchstone for FIRST COW on several levels: the physical hutches, the ambition of the potter, and Mizoguchi’s incredible dream sequences.” - Kelly Reichardt

UGETSU
UGETSU MONOGATARI
1953, Janus Films, 94 min, Japan, Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi

An ambitious potter (Masayuki Mori) and his devoted spouse (Kinuyo Tanaka) as well as a kindred couple (Eitaro Ozawa, Mitsuko Mito) are torn apart by the civil-war chaos of 16th-century Japan. Both men realize their material dreams but at a tragic cost to their respective mates. In particular, Mori’s shallow success is reflected in his delirious romance with a ghostly noblewoman (Machiko Kyo), an affair that will drive him to the brink of madness. One of the most poignant evocations of the illusory nature of worldly desires and missed opportunities and one of the most haunting depictions of the supernatural ever committed to celluloid. Winner of the 1953 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Award. “If poetry is manifest in each second, each shot filmed by Mizoguchi, it is because…it is the instinctive reflection of the filmmaker’s creative nobility. … The director of UGETSU MONOGATARI can describe an adventure which is at the same time a cosmogony.” – Jean-Luc Godard.


50th Anniversary!

LITTLE BY LITTLE
PETIT À PETIT
1970, Icarus Films, 92 min, France/Niger, Dir: Jean Rouch

The most cutting of Rouch's collaborative ethno-fictions, this playful satire of European-African relations follows Nigeriens Damoure Zika and Lam Ibrahim, who had formed an import-export company at the end of the director’s JAGUAR three years earlier. As their enterprise, “Little By Little,” expands, the two travel to France for business advice, where they fall into their own version of contemporary European life and recruit some unlikely workers.


UGETSU in Japanese with English subtitles. LITTLE BY LITTLE in French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Mar 1, 2020 • 7:30pm

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