Shiraito Falls – the amazing “White Threads”. Japan.

The Fly and the Dog: “White Threads of the Falls” by Kenji Mizoguchi

Introducing the column “The Viewer Who Knew Too Much.” We are going to talk about the techniques of cinematography, and each text will be a short story about a formal method, be it directing, cinematography, editing or acting.

In the first article, Dmitriy Bunygin closely follows the habits of the camera-turner of one of the members of the Big Four of Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi. Whose habits does the cameraman adopt in his films – flies or dogs – and how does this affect our perception?

The most famous of Kenji Mizoguchi’s silent films, Taki no shiraito (White Threads of the Waterfall, 1933), begins with the amazing adventures of Minoru Miki, the cameraman who almost imitates the flight of a fly (that is, it passes through, almost buzzing, the air in the ceiling, miraculously not dragging the swinging lights). When the first delight of the somersaults evaporates, however, it turns out that Mizoguchi is still like another animal, as he considers it his happiness to doggedly accompany his characters. The hero crosses the room, and the camera keeps pace with him. The hero runs and the camera follows him, rising and falling behind him wherever he goes – and the characters often move along a very whimsical curve. This is Mizoguchi and Miki’s favorite, but working technique in Threads. They do not mark an emotional storm with it (Ozu’s camera, echoing the run on the sidewalk, thus italicizing the inner state of the person), nor do they make it conceptually and thematically leading (like Hiroshi Shimizu with his constant plans of gently pacing wanderers who are poking straight back at the waddling camera until they bleed).

Here we also note that Mizoguchi loves not to cut, but to circle corners: together with the cameraman, we not only travel and fly around the edges of a given space, but also change rooms without a single montage, enjoying the continuity of levitation. The same thing happened to us, say, with Carl Theodor Dreyer in “Vampire” and Orson Welles in “Touch of Evil”. But there the fluid camera movements worked strictly rationally for the suspense.

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However, all these sophisticated visual escapades, the freshness of which drives Taki no shiraito decades ahead from 1933, are still inherently spontaneous (Kenji Mizoguchi will have mastered the “plan-episode” technique to perfection by the early ’40s). Mizoguchi sometimes forces them, sometimes forgets them – in general, he behaves like an ordinary man: he can stand, he can run, he can lie down, but he will not call any of these variations the only true one a priori. This spontaneous nature does not add to the integrity of the work at all, but Mizoguguo hardly cares about integrity – at least, at a time when he has already shown himself to be too sensual and too skillful. The conclusion suggests itself after the first half of Thread: this young artist (he was 35 at the time, and had made his debut ten years earlier) would have breathed easy within the confines occupied by the other members of the Japanese Big Four at the time. He can create in the social-realistic style of Mikio Naruse, he can multiply the proto-neorealistic work of Shimizu, and he can do so in the manner of Yasujiro Ozu (another thing that is alien to him). But Mizoguchi was not able to boast the steady breathing of each of the three at the time.

“Having lost his breath by chewing up a typical prewar Japanese shomingeki, a sentimental tale of commoners’ everyday lives, Mizoguchi spits out a searing crime melodrama with a predictably tragic ending in the spirit of Cecil B. DeMille and his seminal The Cheat (1915), where the essentially ethnic Japanese, Sesshu Hayakawa, played the central role. In addition, Mizoguchi’s intonation once again breaks the mold of the entire action. Note the episode of the night robbery in the park, which is suddenly resolved in the form of a stage performance-mystery. The heroine is surrounded on all sides by bandits whose faces are covered with rags – and they might as well have been covered with traditional fox masks, which we would take for granted, for the characters’ poses and grimaces become pretentious and overtly theatrical for those few minutes.

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Film White threads of the waterfall | Taki no shiraito

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“A Band Rabbit” and a Boy.

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L for Love, L for Lies

Love is one thing, but there are thousands of imitations of it. Sweet and simple-hearted girl Bobo runs a small café together with her boyfriend and is saving up money for her wedding. But her best friend steals her unfaithful fiancé and becomes the owner of the cafe. Desperate, crushed and humiliated, Bobo hires a charming hustler named Henry (Mark? Maybe his name was Kyung. ) He agrees to take revenge on the two-faced scoundrel for $100,000. But nothing pretend can last. And Bobo’s revenge takes an unexpected turn. What does the screenwriter give our heroine in the final chord “L” as Love or “L” as Lies?

“L” as love, “L” as lie.

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