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The Ballad of Narayama | Keisuke Kinoshita

February 20, 2013

In Keisuke Kinoshita’s audaciously experimental The Ballad of Narayama, artifice becomes a vessel of truth, turning theatrical illusion into something boldly cinematic. Inspired by traditional Japanese Kabuki theater, Kinoshita’s film — which was shot almost completely on sound-stages — makes no effort to disguise its artificiality, transitioning its characters between scenes and locations with the drop of a scrim or a shift in lighting. Joe Wright attempted a similar approach recently in adapting Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the screen, using a flagrantly theatrical style to…

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