A Donald Richie Film Anthology

 

directed by Donald Richie
Japan 2004

Theatrical Release: 1962-68

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DVD Review: Image Forum, Japan - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Nick Wrigley for the Review!

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Distribution

Image Forum, Japan

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime Approx. 1:27:00
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

Audio English
Subtitles Only needed on one film. Available.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Image Forum, Japan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details (films):

WARGAMES (1962)
ATAMI BLUES (1962)
BOY WITH CAT (1966)
DEAD YOUTH (1967)
FIVE FILOSOPHICAL FABLES (1967)
CYBELE (1968)

 

DVD Release Date: Sept 28, 2004
Black keep case Amaray type

Comments This interesting DVD of six of film historian/critic Donald Richie's short films has been well put together by Image Forum in Japan. The, mostly 16mm, prints have been well transferred, and, for what are essentially private avant-garde films made 40 years ago, they are in very good shape.

The disc features Richie speaking to camera for ten minutes or so. He introduces his films in this time and offers a "way in" for the first time viewer - perhaps aware that most people will not be accustomed to such films. Richie explains that these are poetic films, not originally intended for public exhibition, even if they occasionally have been over the years. The films are very interesting, experimental, visual poems - mostly without dialogue. The first film, WARGAMES, is, according to Richie, perhaps his most famous film.

Everyone I speak to about this disc is fascinated that Richie had made so many films. One of the earlier films catches a man masturbating as his cat watches, whilst the last film in the collection features seven or so naked men rolling around in what looks like a graveyard with a naked woman. It's got everything really.

 - Nick Wrigley

 


Recommended Reading for Japanese Film Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

The Japan Journals : 1947-2004,

by  Donald Richie

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
by Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp

Kon Ichikawa (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs)

by James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario

Shohei Imamura (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 1)
by James Quandt
Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Midland Book, Mb 469)
by David Desser
The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Ritchie

Tokyo Story

by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, Donald Richie, Eric Klestadt

Ozu by Donald Ritchie

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie

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