Called "Japanís truest creator" by film legend Akira Kurosawa, director and painter Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956), with his ravishing pictorial style and portrayals of women in period settings, always felt he dwelled in "the climate of beauty." The historical eras that Mizoguchi explores are bound by strict codes of behavior and thought, which the director challenges with his humanistic, anti-feudal, anti-traditional sensibility.
In Utamaro and His Five Women (1946, 94 min.), based on the life of the great ukiyo-e artist, Mizoguchi examines the link between erotic desire and artistic inspiration, and celebrates Utamaroís opposition to sociopolitical power: "I would not make prints if I feared the sword."
Other films in this series, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fleeting Beauty, include:April 11: Ugetsu April 18: The Life of Oharu May 2: Sansho the Bailiff
Prices above are for the entire film series. Series tickets may be purchased at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM's three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.
Single-film tickets are $7 for everyone, sold day of show at the auditorium (cash/check only).