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Chikamatsu monogatari [videorecording (DVD)]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. 1 folded insert (12 unnumbered pages ; illustrations ; folded to 19 x 12 cm)
"One of a string of late-career masterworks made by Kenji Mizoguchi in the first half of the 1950s, A Story from Chikamatsu (a.k.a. The Crucified Lovers) is an exquisitely moving tale of forbidden love struggling to survive in the face of persecution. Based on a classic of eighteenth-century Japanese drama, the film traces the injustices that befall a Kyoto scroll maker's wife and his apprentice after each is unfairly accused of wrongdoing. Bound by fate in an illicit, star-crossed romance, they go on the run in search of refuge from the punishment prescribed them: death. Shot in gorgeous, painterly style by master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, this delicately delivered indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a 'great masterpiece that could only be made by Mizoguchi'"--Container.
Geographic Term:
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC, region 1; 1.37:1 aspect ratio; 4:3 presentation; Dolby Digital monaural.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Video disc
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
General Note:
Based on the jōruri (bunraku puppet drama) Daikyoji mukashi-goyomi by Monzaemon Chikamatsu.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1954.

Special edition features: New 4K digital restoration; New interview with actor Kyoko Kagawa; Mizoguchi: the Auteur Behind the "Metteur en Scène," a new illustrated audio essay by film scholar Dudley Andrew; New English subtitle translation; on insert, an essay by film scholar Haden Guest.