Cinema: New Picture, Sep. 20, 1954

Ugetsu (Daiei). Five Japanese films have won grand prizes at International Film Festivals in Cannes and Venice since the war: Rashomon was the first to be shown in this country; Ugetsu is the second, and in many ways it is a jewel of intenser ray than Rashomon. Rashomon was orgiastic, almost Western in its rage for the things of the world. Ugetsu is contemplative in the midst of violence, wholly Oriental in its lidded introspection. As a result, its beauty and its meaning are more remote from Western audiences, but not too remote.

The story of Ugetsu comes from a Japanese classic,...

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