第四部份 : 經典修復 | Part Four : Classic Restoriette
田中浪人的情人 Ronin Tanaka’s Woman, Pencil on paper, 20.3 x 36cm, 2012
貧賤家貓百事哀 Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Cats, Pencil on paper, 20.3 x 35.2cm, 2011
Ronin Tanaka’s Woman
Director: Ito Katsuo / Japan / 1929 / 80min
Cast: Yamaima Jirou, Anna Sindarin, Morimoto Furiko
It was 1929 – when Wall Street stockbrokers were desperate, baby Milan Kundera was just crying and Ito Katsuo filmed this masterpiece. The Sino-Japanese War was about to break out and Ronin Tanaka, disgusted by Japanese militarism, met a mysterious and exotic woman on the street. Lost as in translation, but lust as in caution. The scene of them fooling around in a garden was chosen by the New York Times as one of the “100 Most Unforgettable Scenes”. The complete film was lost during the war, but a copy recently surfaced in the Indonesian Film Archive. The Italian International Digital Restoration Association’s intensive work has finally brought it to light.
Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Cats
Director: Vasilii Gregori Novikov / USSR / 1957 / 243min
Cast: Dorina Vonvaiyinkov, Petr Kwazhuchkin
Regarded as Novikov’s peak achievement, this film defines “tragedy” with its solemn imagery, creating a world in which “poverty is colder than death”. The husband is underappreciated and cannot earn a living as a painter; the wife is unfaithful, sick and recently had a miscarriage. And they do not know they are actually brother and sister! How is such kitsch considered to be a classic? Because the couple are actually played by Novikov’s cats! Each composition is a careful oil painting; thunder-like camera shots are breathtaking. Rumours that a cat attempted suicide after filming concluded remain unconfirmed, but it brought about a wave of suicides in Moscow, leading to the film being banned.