Been watching some really nice movies by Mizoguchi.
Sansho the Bailiff - two children separated from their parents in very tough times (centuries ago). Kidnapping, slavery, flesh trade, once again (remember Ballad of Narayama) old people dumped on a mountain to die ... In all the cruelty, there is the message of a kind father that stays on in the minds of his two children as they grow up: "all human beings are equal, mercy separates man from beast, everyone seeks happiness"... The final scene stays on in my mind.
Won an award at the Venice Film Festival.
The Awful Truth - 1937 - Funny movie about a divorced couple (Irene Dunne and Cary Grant). Skippy the dog (also in The Thin Man) almost steals the show. Won Best Director and was nominated for Best Picture.
M - (1931) Fritz Lang - excellent movie about a search for a child murderer and "mob mentality".
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