34th Annual Film Series Continues with ‘Ugetsu’ Oct. 18

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s screening series will continue its 34th year at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 with Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business.

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Based on two ghost stories set in the Samurai period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the 16th century, Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, is the quintessential Mizoguchi film. His fame in rendering memorable female characters stands out in this story of two couples searching for meaning, illusory and real. His women, powerless to change the way of the world, acquiesce to its inequity, displaying grace as well as strength under pressure. A timely film for Halloween, the closing shot is considered by many to be the most mysterious and haunting in all of cinema.

The theme of this year’s season is based on Viktor Frankl’s classic book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Harbour Winn, director of the series, said the theme is intended to help participants come to understand the purpose of suffering.

“The films in this series stress the importance of an individual’s attitude to existence,” Winn said. “Even when life seems restricted by external forces, we can choose the attitude with which we live and make meaning, to find value.”

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ACCOLADES FOR UGETSU

-“No filmmaker in my experience has treated the supernatural with such delicacy and respect, with such subtle force of expression.” Sight and Sound

-“A flow of insistently haunting images, a dreamlike, exotic intensity.” Newsweek 

-“The most perfect of Mizoguchi’s films . . . gorgeous pictorial harmonies.” NY Times

-“One of the greatest of all films.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

-“Densely plotted but as emotionally subtle as its name, Ugetsu is one of the great experiences of cinema.” Chicago Reader

UPCOMING FILMS

* Nov. 1, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night

* Jan. 24, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up

* Feb. 7, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox

* Feb. 21, Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly 

* March 6, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan