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Ugetsu

96 minutes 1953

The mood of Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 masterpiece is evoked by the English translation most often given to its title, "Tales of the Pale and Silvery Moon After the Rain." Based on two 16th-century ghost stories, the film is less a study of the supernatural than a sublime embodiment of Mizoguchi's eternal theme, the generosity of women and the selfishness of men. Densely plotted but as emotionally subtle as its name, Ugetsu is one of the great experiences of cinema. In Japanese with subtitles.

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