Harakiri (Seppuku)

Harakiri (Seppuku)

Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Room 106, Department of Economics See map
212 York Street
New Haven, CT 6511

Harakiri (Seppuku)
Directed by Maski Kobayashi, 1962 (133 min.)

Japanese Film Series: The Postwar Period Epic
The most enduring and codified of all Japanese film genres, the period film is also the most sophisticated and expansive, reaching its artistic and commercial peak at a time when the major studios were rapidly adopting various offshoots of Cinemascope. From the highly formal architectonics of Masaki Kobayashi’s revisionist samurai dramas to the lush landscapes of Kurosawa’s famous Soviet coproduction, these four films reveal the full creative possibilities of the new formats and exemplify a tradition of extraordinary beauty and vitality. All screenings are 35mm.

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