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祇園の姉妹 | Gion no shimai

Kenji Mizoguchi Japan, 1936

Joe Morton's rating of the film Die Schwestern von Gion

Great cinematography. Most of the shots are a frame with in a frame: like PEEKING into the scenery and tragic lives of theses Geisha sisters and their "patrons" (not exactly "Johns") The plot revolves around the tragically mistaken ideas about relationships the Geisha and Patrons have. Any frame of this movie could be put in a picture frame and mounted on the wall. But the serious subject matter would be lost.