THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS ICHIRO KATAOKA, BENSHI

  • 18 Nov 2012
  • 19 Nov 2012
  • Harvard Film Archive
THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS
 

ICHIRO KATAOKA, BENSHI

November 18 - 19, 2012

Harvard Film Archive
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138


Film schedule:

Sunday November 18 at 7pm
Shoes
featuring a performance by Ichiro Kataoka with Live Musical Accompaniment

Directed by Lois Weber. With Stephen S. Norton, King D. Gray, Allen Siegler
US 1916, 35mm, b/w, silent, 57 min

$12 Special Event Tickets
 
Followed by
 
A Dog’s Life
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. With Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin
US 1918, 35mm, b/w, silent, 33 min
 

Monday November 19 at 7pm


Dragnet Girl (Hijosen no onna)
featuring a performance by Ichiro Kataoka with Live Musical Accompaniment

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Joji Oka, Sumiko Mizukubo
Japan 1933, 35mm, b/w, silent, 100 min

$12 Special Event Tickets

MORE INFORMATION HERE

In the 1920s and early 1930s Japanese audiences often did not go to the theater to see a certain film, they went to enjoy the electrifying art of a benshi. Katsudo benshi or simply benshi were stars that often commanded huge salaries for their masterful use of voice for both subtle effects and dramatic fireworks of emotion. Benshi accompanied screenings with highly expressive performances that included narrating both the story and the characters’ dialogue, often giving their own outrageous twists and interpretations to the action unfolding on the screen.

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