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Eros + Massacre

1969

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  • The film chronicles a year in the life of a German professor (Frank Morgan) and his extended family, beginning as a moving portrait of family life (one of the opening scenes, of the professor receiving a career achievement award, is among the most touching in Borzage’s monumental career) and evolving into a harrowing story of how that family is destroyed by the Nazis... But what makes the film endure as something more than a work of propaganda is Borzage’s bottomless feeling for human kindness.

  • It’s a monster of an experiment, dovetailing the tale of fin de siècle anarchist/free love doyen Sakae Osugi with the young radicalized lovers in 1969 Japan failing to find a shared morality in a crazy modern world. It’s a ball-busting trip, full of youthful anarchistic cant and literary declaration (a la Godard), and shot in Yoshida’s trademark style, all inky black-and-white images of extreme angles, forever corridors, off-balance compositions, absurd perspectives, and voguing tableaux.

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