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  • Close-up on a woman's face; she is pale and lit with a blue light.
  • An old man appears in the tea held in a cup.
  • Close-up on a man's face; a hand draws Japanese characters on his face with ink and a brush.
  • A woman kneels beside a man who is laying on his back in a snowy, blue-lit environment; he gazes at her.
  • In a snowy landscape, a man bends down on a dock; a canoe is in the water beside the dock.
PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

KWAIDAN

8:00*

Monday, December 2

Introduced by author Monique Truong

(1964, Masaki Kobayashi) Rentaro Mikuni finds a skeleton at the feast when he adds a second wife; woodcutter Tatsuya Nakadai meets a strange woman in the snow; a blind biwa player gives a command performance for a spirit; an apparition appears in a cup of tea: four ghost stories by expat Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904). Kobayashi’s first color film, with eerie score. 35mm. Approx. 183 min.

Introduced by Monique Truong, author of the new novel The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books), based on Hearn’s life, exploits, and love affairs. Following the screening, Monique Truong will sign copies of her new novel (available at concession).

Reviews

“An assembly of ghost stories that is among the most beautiful films I’ve seen.”
– Roger Ebert

“A horror picture with an extraordinary delicate and sensuous quality.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“Visually and physically stunning.”
Variety

“Very beautiful.”
– Tony Rayns, Time Out