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Date & Time
November 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

Suzuki Seijun Film Series:


Carmen From Kawachi
(SUZUKI Seijun, 1966, 89 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English subtitles, 35mm)


—Q&A to follow with William Carroll, author of Suzuki Seijun and Postwar Japanese Cinema


A 1960s riff on the opera Carmen (including a rock version of its famous aria “Habanera”), this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer. Her journey is fraught with exploitation and abuse at the hands of nefarious men—until Carmen seeks revenge. Mixing comedy, biting social commentary, and Suzuki’s customarily outrageous stylistic flourishes, this fast-paced gem is an overlooked classic from his creative late period at Nikkatsu Studios. Rare 35mm print.


“True to form Suzuki adds plenty of black humor and a surreal, ironic edge to most of the scenes. . .a picture of a pulsing, industrializing nation” – Chicago Reader


Sponsored by Duke Cinematic Arts and the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. Made possible by support from The Japan Foundation New York.


Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)

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