Restored & Unseen: Sansho the Bailiff
Kenji Mizoguchi / JP, 1954 / 126 min.
Hardly ever screened in cinemas nowadays: Sansho the Bailiff by the Japanese master filmmaker Kenji Mizoguchi. This epic on the suffering, ambition and eventual decline of two aristocratic families in the eleventh century (the Heian Era) is at the same time a meditation on the passing of time and the meaning of tradition. The screening on 9 December will be introduced by Professor Ivo Smits (Leiden University).
4K restoration, carried out by the Kadokawa Corporation and The Film Foundation in collaboration with The Japan Foundation.
Sansho the Bailiff
Restored & Unseen
At last, a chance to see that Italian classic that’s been on the list for so long? Or relish that wonderful restoration of Blue Movie, the Netherlands’ most talked-about nude film of the seventies, when the Bijlmer district was still a sexual paradise? Restored & Unseen is a biweekly programme featuring classics and recent restorations, with introductions by experts.