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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #288 - Webradio: On the black screen of our ears (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 7 Nov 2018 07:16:17 +0200


On the very new radiowave association Radio M'S, " Radio Montreuil and Eastern Paris ", the program Cinédrome, " monthly chronicle of cinema margins and deviation, films out of the ordinary, rare, forgotten, unknown, invisible , missed or successful, bizarre, bis, or outright Z " chose for his September return to honor the masterpiece of Kiju Yoshida, Eros + Massacre. ---- Movie-monster of the Japanese New Wave, shot in 1969, released in an amputated version of an hour in 1970 (that was it or the total censorship), it is finally visible in DVD edition in a restored version (superb photo in black and white of Motokichi Hasegawa) and almost complete, 9 minutes having been lost due to a degraded original coil. {} Excerpt from the show: " September 16, 1923, in the wake of the terrible and dramatic earthquake of Kanto, where the state imposed martial law to suppress all kinds of social outbursts, the anarchist Osugi Sakae, his mistress Ito Noe and a child, the young nephew of Osugi, are arrested by the military police. They will be beaten to death and thrown into a well. The film starts from this atrocious historical fact that has upset much of Japanese society. Osugi, anarchist, was also a fervent supporter of free love: Eros + Massacre works his political and romantic relations, with his wife Yasuko Hori, a feminist activist Masaoka Itsuko, and Ito Noe, also feminist and anarchist. But the film does not stop there and constantly navigates between a fantasy past and the present of 1969, just as unstable, obscure, elusive. When the film begins, Mako, "daughter or granddaughter or great-granddaughter" supposedly of Ito Noe, is interviewed by Eiko, a design student. This is the mistress of Unema, director of advertising, who pays for her sexual services, and Eiko, suspected of prostitution, will soon be worried by the police. But Eiko is in love with a friend of Unema, Wada, student, anarchist too .... Past and present will combine, juxtapose and telescope, and Eiko will replay / imagine many scenes of the life of Osugi Sakae movement, allowing itself to be penetrated by its transfigured history, recomposed ... who pays for her sexual services, and Eiko, suspected of prostitution, will soon be worried by the police. But Eiko is in love with a friend of Unema, Wada, student, anarchist too .... Past and present will combine, juxtapose and telescope, and Eiko will replay / imagine many scenes of the life of Osugi Sakae movement, allowing itself to be penetrated by its transfigured history, recomposed ... who pays for her sexual services, and Eiko, suspected of prostitution, will soon be worried by the police. But Eiko is in love with a friend of Unema, Wada, student, anarchist too .... Past and present will combine, juxtapose and telescope, and Eiko will replay / imagine many scenes of the life of Osugi Sakae movement, allowing itself to be penetrated by its transfigured history, recomposed ... " That's the pitch. But the film resists any summary and any simplification, Yoshida resolutely turning his back on all forms of realism and historical reconstruction, combining political and philosophical issues of lawlessness and Japanese feminism of the early XX th century, those of his era, those of the multiple challenges of the 1970s, which echo them in a flamboyant aesthetic. To revisit or discover, therefore: a work of art, undeniably, and a revolutionary film, in every sense of the word. [1]

Pim Paoum

Eros + Massacre , box two DVDs, Carlotta Films, average price 10 euros

[1] You can listen to or podcast the show and all the previous ones on the internet: cinedrome.unblog.fr or radioms.fr

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Webradio-Sur-l-ecran-noir-de-nos-oreilles
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