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  1. Diderot's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Mizoguchi is one of those movie masters who seems mythic to me. That's likely because I know nothing about his biography, but it's also because Mizoguchi's films are simultaneously simple and profound in a way uniquely his own.

  2. Joel Shelton's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    An essential masterpiece of classic Japanese cinema. Perfect in every aspect, especially from a technical and storytelling perspective. You will be hypnotized by the long takes, emotional characterization, and the magnificent atmosphere Mizoguchi creates in this film.

  3. José Neves's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Digtal, rewatched. The fundamental diegetic question is about representation, the quality of an actor, and how his reputation depends on it (we are well-suited today with the proliferation of triumphant pathetic naturalisms ...). The film's issue is exactly the same: a drama's in face of its representation, through framing and sequence-shots, how to film the act of acting. Amazing representation.

  4. Barrett.'s rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Masterful camerawork and framing from Mizoguchi here with great performances. Kakuko Mori is given the trust of her director to convey her selfless devotion through body language, movement & her sweet voice without the need for any close-ups, doing so emphatically - Heartbreaking.

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Un magistral noir et blanc, d'un époustouflant esthétisme harmonieux, pour une narration d'une évidence et d'une simplicité constantes, magnifiée par l'utilisation des fameux plans séquences si chers au réalisateur qui amènent progressivement le spectateur subjugué, dans l'intimité de l'intrigue et de l'émotion... www.cinefiches.com

  6. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

  7. Miguel's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    "Era preciso lavar os olhos antes de cada olhar", Kenji Mizoguchi

  8. Drew.'s rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Dating an actor has always been difficult.

  9. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

  10. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    There is a long tracking shot in this film looking up at two people from a low vantage point which is stunning. The rest is simply just good, aside from these brief moments of brilliance.

  11. Aardsy's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Sublime tragedy and fascinating staging.

  12. Love Walked In's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    It's almost bewildering this movie has no close-up shot of heroin's face which is presumably very beautiful. Her presence is subtle as if she is born to be a miserable existence...

  13. jchandleroc's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    The camera work and composition are beautiful almost beyond belief. The lighting, the gentle and natural movement of the camera, and the almost complete lack of close-ups create some of the most arresting images I've ever seen on film. It is almost as though Mizoguchi was able to saturate every image and every moment of the film with meaning.

  14. Zoran Dugandzic's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    This is one of the greatest films I have ever seen

  15. Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

  16. João Eça's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    mizoguchi in my heart forever and ever and ever

  17. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    Una película sobre el amor abnegado. Una pareja enfrentada a una larga serie de eventos desafortunados, los cuales enaltecerán a su protagonista. Es el sacrificio puesto a prueba. Mizoguchi siembra su estilo anímico a través de la soledad y la desesperación que es mitigada por el optimismo de una mujer enamorada.

  18. knockkneed's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    The Notebook scenario is awfully forced. I don't understand combatting classism with mawkish romance, but this is still gorgeous.

  19. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    So tragic and beautiful... I loved it!

  20. Simone Starace's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    A hypertextual analysis (Italian language only): http://kinolab.lettere.uniroma2.it/zangiku_monogatari/

  21. Hans Joachim's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    holy mother. still makes my jaw drop.

  22. Algitya's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    All about the ' values' you've ever demand.

  23. lauli's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    A subtle, beautiful, delicate film. The camera work and the art direction are truly remarkable.

  24. pandakuma's rating of the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    you could never seen such gentle camera tracking work, memorable long shots, very fine lighting & compositions, and kabuki in one big masterpiece. only mizoguchi who could transform tragedies into a work of art. beyond believe!

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