THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS: ART THEATRE GUILD, AN INTRODUCTION

  • 30 Mar 2013
  • 08 Apr 2013
  • Harvard Film Archive
THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS

ART THEATRE GUILD, AN INTRODUCTION
March 30 – April 8, 2013


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


Film schedule:
PLEASE CONFIRM ALL SCREENING TIMES AND SCHEDULES WITH THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE
hcl.harvard.edu/hfa


Film schedule:
Death By Hanging
(Koshikei)
Saturday March 30 at 7pm
Sunday March 31 at 4pm

The Man Who Left His Will on Film
(Tokyo senso sengo hiwa)
Saturday March 30 at 9:30pm

Dear Summer Sister
(Natsu No Imoto)
Friday April 5 at 9:30pm

Silence Has No Wings
(Tobenai chinmoku)
Saturday April 6 at 7pm

The Human Bullet
(Nikudan)
Saturday April 6 at 9:15pm

Lost Lovers
(Arakajime Uchinawareta Koibito-tachi yo)
Sunday April 7 at 7pm

Human
(Ningen)
Monday April 8 at 7pm


About the series:
The pioneering independent production and distribution company Art Theatre Guild, or ATG, was a driving and centrifugal force that inspired and intertwined the most significant avant-garde currents transforming Japanese cinema of the Sixties and Seventies. Founded in 1961 as a distributor principally of foreign art films, with funding provided by the major Japanese studios led by Toho, ATG was envisioned as a promoter and incubator of radical and experimental cinema and a means of reaching the small but influential Japanese audience for more sophisticated, difficult and politically outspoken cinema. With its own chain of ten cinemas and a policy of giving each major feature a one-month run, ATG made possible cinematic experimentation of a kind and scale unprecedented in the Japanese cinema. An incredible cast of now canonical filmmakers including Nagisa Oshima, Kyju Yoshida, Masao Adachi, Kinju Wakamastu and Toshio Wakamatsu all realized among their most ambitious and audacious feature films as ATG productions. Veteran and first-time directors from Kaneto Shindo to Shuji Terayama also contributed major works to the ATG canon which is now being rediscovered and heralded as an apex of post-WWII Japanese cinema. Following the celebrated tributes to ATG recently unfurled in Paris and New York, this mini-retrospective offers a selection of classic works of Japanese counter-cinema little known in the US. As a centerpiece of this series we have included a three-film tribute to the late and extraordinarily great Nagisa Oshima.


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