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Paul Jensen

THE CRUCIFIED LOVERS (1954) 4.5 stars

Another masterpiece by Mizoguchi that is criminally under-seen. A 50's Japanese film that rivals Kurosawa's best work. Poetic imagery that makes you wonder, how did they capture this? The story is gripping and the characters completely empathetic. Each scene seems to begin at just the right moment and somehow ends with a feeling of inevitability that is both poetic and profound. The shots almost unfold like a scroll. There's a natural assurance to every scene that can only come from wisdom and experience. After all, Mizoguchi was Kurosawa's mentor.


Genre: Foreign
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi