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When a woman ascends a staircase is one of the best movies I've ever seen, but I've only seen two naruse movies available (both on vhs). How can I get some of the films chris fujiwara talks about here: http://www.filmlinc.com/fcm/so05/naruse.htm ?

kenchen, Wednesday, 21 September 2005 20:56 (thirteen years ago) link

If you're in the area (or can get here), you're not gonna want to miss this:

Anthony (Anthony F), Thursday, 22 September 2005 01:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I gotta try and see me some of that.

k/l (Ken L), Thursday, 22 September 2005 12:43 (thirteen years ago) link

If you happen to live in the Toronto area, the cinematheque is putting on a huge, two-season Naruse retrospective.

Jack L., Wednesday, 5 October 2005 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Haven't made any at FF yet, hope to see both Flowing and Floating Clouds this weekend. I saw Repast last year and was impressed.

Wife! Be Like a Rose! is an awesome title.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 October 2005 15:06 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I saw Wife, Be Like a Rose! (Tsuma yo bata no yo ni!) tonight at UCLA and thought it was great. Maybe the best Naruse I've seen so far (or tied with Repast). From 1935, and with lots of energy. Weird (but good) pans and editing. Sometimes it almost felt like a screwball comedy. But sometimes it was pretty serious.

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Monday, 14 November 2005 09:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I liked Wife! pretty well among the ones I've seen here in NY's fest ... esp when the heroine imitates Claudette Colbert's hitchhiking.

My faves have been "Sound of the Mountain" and "Floating Clouds" -- but someof the others left me pretty cold. Too many washed-up geishas.

Ken L, have you been going?

In case you weren't aware of Keith Uhlich's running guide at Slant:


Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 November 2005 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Keith and others are also conversing here: http://groups.google.com/group/naruseretro

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 14 November 2005 19:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks, EH.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 November 2005 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...
The Naruse juggarnaut has arrived in DC. Which of these should I not miss?


Mary (Mary), Sunday, 12 March 2006 20:14 (thirteen years ago) link

They're showing a bunch that didn't run at Film Forum, but don't miss: Mother, Scattered Clouds,Wife, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, The Approach of Autumn and Late Chrysanthemums.

Really, you should see as many as you can. Naruse gets more interesting the more you watch (especially the ones that have almost exactly the same plot).

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Sunday, 12 March 2006 21:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Besides Woman Ascends, my favorites were Floating Clouds and Sound of the Mountain.

I wish it was more practical not to HAVE to see so many in a short span (because of their scarcity), as I found the plots' similarity Colin mentions rather frustrating.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 March 2006 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

A three DVD box set is scheduled for this July from Masters of Cinema (UK PAL), which will include Sound of the Mountian, Repast and Flowing

Jeff LeVine (Jeff LeVine), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 03:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I missed teh whole thing.

The Day The World Turned Dayglo Redd (Ken L), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

There's another one coming up at BAM!

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 14:10 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...
When A Woman... finally released on DVD a few weeks ago. My first Naruse too! The editing and lighitng were unexpectedly modern.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 28 March 2007 15:23 (twelve years ago) link

ten years pass...

I watched Late Chrysanthemums on Filmstruck. Too talky perhaps.

Floating Weeds tomorrow morning.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 November 2017 21:42 (one year ago) link

Floating Clouds -- watched last night at the BFI -- is such a classic. A brutal melodrama, whose several acts of argument occured in mostly these small, cramped Japanese rooms, with a sense of claustophobia crushing the viewer slowly, by way of screams and resigned looks of people who are spent inside, as well as people who might or might not be listening just outside, an important element that might be easily missed - from hotel inn workers to the children playing (the child playing and caring for the doll was virtually the most tender act in the whole film).

xyzzzz__, Monday, 6 November 2017 22:23 (one year ago) link

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