You must be bored of summer by now. It has been going on for long enough. Just the Olympics alone took 3 and a half years. Fortunately today marks the start of the watching black and white films in an unintelligible language season. First up are 1950s historical dramas – in Japanese.
My recommendation (the only one I know) in this category is Sansho the Bailiff by Kenji Mizoguchi. It has all the necessary qualities of a good film: pretty girl, stupid boy, lots of cruelty, dashes of humanity – mostly from the pretty girl and some eerie music.
I will just chuck in 5yen`s worth of though on Mizoguchi. He is supposed a great feminist director, yet all his films I have seen star pretty women. Is this acceptable to feminists? And whilst I am on the subject of feminism, do you have to be a woman to understand feminism? What is feminism anyway? Are feminists pretty? Can I be a feminist and like pretty women at the same time? [Urgent warning from brain: Stop typing outloud Tom, stop NOW]