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Oct 2, 2020

In this Setsuko Hara Acteurist Oeuvre-view, two films by Mikio Naruse, The Sound of the Mountain (1954) and Sudden Rain (1956). We discuss the ways that the casting of Setsuko Hara in the first film seems to respond to Ozu's "Noriko trilogy" (especially Tokyo Story, although it was released only two months later), and the overt feminism of the subtle, comic, and ambiguous Sudden Rain. Hara, as usual, gives two very different performances as two very different unhappy wives.

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s: Sudden Rain (1956; dir. Mikio Naruse)

0h 30m 33s: The Sound of the Mountain (1954; dir. Mikio Naruse)

0h 59m 50s:     There’s Sometimes a Letter (from Adam)


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