Dragnet Girl accompanied by the VOC Silent Film Harmonic

Feb. 13, 7:00pm. Co-presented by Collective Arts (with a *special complimentary beer* for legal age attendees!) "This silent gangster film, from 1933, directed by Yasujiro Ozu, seethes with sardonic comedy. It opens like a classic office melodrama, as Tokiko (Kinuyo Tanaka), a demure young secretary, is pursued by her wily boss. Then, after work, she heads to a boxing gym where her criminal boyfriend, Joji (Joji Oka), holds court. Ozu treats underworld swagger with brazen contempt yet adorns it with images of an uproarious visual ecstasy. His gleeful compositions put objects obsessively front and center—a drum kit, a set of dice, a row of Martini glasses, a billiard cue that pokes right at the camera—and presage the deep-focus symphonies of Orson Welles. Ozu’s mobsters aren’t just living in a material world; they are its unwitting pawns. Though the violence never uncorks, the film has a playful, eye-catching audacity. It's a feast of visual inventiveness, of clever angles and bold editing. The deep shadows, the jarring angles and cuts, and the idiosyncratic whims of gesture evoke a sorry underworld that’s out of joint, out of luck, and out of time." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Special Admission • Members of Playhouse $15.00 • Nonmembers $18.00 • Seniors/Students $10


About the VOC Silent Film Harmonic: Dedicated to performing live and original improvised soundtracks to silent films.

Thu, Feb 13 2020 - 7:00pm

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