The Masters of Japanese Cinema is a new series showing at the Pickford Film Center, curated by our very own librarian and professor Jeff Purdue! In addition to his library duties, Jeff is an avid fan and student of Japanese film and popular music. A total of 12 films will be featured in this series between November and June. The Masters of Japanese Cinema series will highlight the rich history of Japanese cinema, from old masters such as Ozu, Akira Kurosawa and Naruse, to modern masters such as Miyazaki, Kore-eda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Following each film a discussion about the film will take place at the Anker Cafe, just a couple of doors down from the Pickford, for those who wish to partake.
The next film in the series is the Ozu classic Early Summer. It’s showing at the Pickford on Saturday, December 5th at noon. Early Summer was released in 1951 and features one of the most famous actresses in Japanese film history, Setsuko Hara. It’s a family drama that deftly mixes comedy and pathos and provides a wonderful glimpse of life in the post-war period.
For more information on the series, see the website listed below.