Wednesday, May 25

Repertory Series ArchiveTime and Place Are Nonsense! The Cinema According to Seijun Suzuki

Fighting Elegy

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Note: Also shows at Harvard Film Archive on Sunday, May 29 at 5 PM

(1966) dir Seijun Suzuki w/Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano [86 min; 35mm]
One of Suzuki’s most outwardly farcical efforts, FIGHTING ELEGY subjects the histrionics of military training to an approach both cerebrally ironic and unabashedly slapstick – a sort of hybrid of Dr. Strangelove and Jerry Lewis. In the years leading up to World War II, Kiroku (Takahashi) is an Okayama middle-school student torn between lust for the daughter of his Catholic foster parents and a clashing impulse toward gang warfare and rogue militarization. Among the film’s many pleasures are its hyperbolic hand-to-hand combat sound effects, its jarring shifts between poised choreography and bumbling fight scenes, and the manic uncertainty of Takahashi’s performance.

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Wednesday 5/25
at 7:30 PM

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