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May 22, 2020

We devote some meta-theorizing to Setsuko Hara's screen persona and its reception and look at two of her lesser-known films that are available with English subtitles, Kōzaburō Yoshimura's A Ball at the Anjo House (1947), and the very uncharacteristic A Woman in the Typhoon Area (1948, directed by Hideo Ôba), in which she plays a vampy tramp who is nevertheless as caring as her more familiar characters. Then we discuss a couple of movies about isolated romance: Frank Capra's Lost Horizon and John Cromwell's The Enchanted Cottage.

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          More Meta Musings on Setsuko Hara             

0h 15m 42s:          A Ball at the Anjo House (1947; dir.  Kōzaburō Yoshimura)

0h 45m 06s:          A Woman in the Typhoon Area (1948; dir. Hideo Ôba)

1h 02m 21s:          Anniversary talk; featuring short bonus discussions of Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon (1937) and John Cromwell’s The Enchanted Cottage (1945)


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