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Frauen der Nacht

夜の女たち | Yoru no onnatachi

Japan, 1948
Drama

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Filmed on location in Osaka, Women of the Night concerns two sisters – Fusako, a war widow, and Natsuko, who is having an affair with a narcotics smuggler – who along with their younger friend Kumiko descend into prostitution and moral chaos amid the postwar devastation surrounding them.

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Frauen der Nacht Regie Kenji Mizoguchi

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Mizoguchi sees blasted landscapes as breeding grounds for demonic energies, and the wild, shattering transformations of his protagonists—as they collapse from genteel poverty to maenadic monstrosity—have a tragic inevitability. The only irony in his scathing vision concerns Western influences—the incitement to dereliction of the sinuous boogie-woogie at a dance hall called the Hollywood Club is contrasted with the exaltation of motherhood in Christian doctrine and art.
May 12, 2014
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Mizo doesn’t really seem into it, his mind on the final-act eruption into melodrama and that overhead shot with the writhing whores. Which, yes, remains pretty awesome.
March 01, 2013
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