Documentary (shot over two years) recounts the master’s life and career across some 36 interviews with actors, producers and crew members from his films. It describes the trajectory of Mizoguchi’s long career clearly and accurately, providing a lot of anecdotal testimony about his aims and methods.
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Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film DirectorDirected byKaneto Shindô
A documentary worthy of the subject that shows Shindo's overall admiration to the director. I was left though very curious about the omission of Mizoguchi blocking Tanaka's directorial efforts for 'Love Letter' and if this was true or not. One of the last sequences seems to contradict this in how Tanaka speaks very glowingly about him. It was definitely fascinating to see their relationship explored in-depth.
Fascinating documentary. The Tanaka scenes were especially touching. The whole Love Letter business is never mentioned and I'm assuming that this was under her own personal stipulation. Also, this is the first time I've ever heard Masumura speak. The dude seems like one cool cat.