We asked Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, whose collection is highlighted in Japan Modern, to select the matinees during the exhibition’s run.
Kenji Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to his final film, the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly shattered by their socioeconomic realities. Set in Tokyo’s red-light district (the literal translation of the film’s Japanese title), Street of Shame was deeply cutting and hugely popular. In fact, when an antiprostitution law was passed in Japan a few months after its release, some said the film had been a catalyst. (Dir.: Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1956, 85 min., 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles)