Separation from family...

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Separation from family...

Postby jcdavies » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:40 pm

Now i was thinking up some films with this subject as a major theme, and turns out many of my favourite, + the greatest, films, particularly by Mizoguchi, cover it (to varying degrees, in different ways).

Sansho the Bailiff
Ugetsu Monogatari
The Life of Oharu
Story of the Late Chrysanthemums
Osaka Elegy
Tales of the Taira Clan
Lady of Musashino
Chikamatsu Monogatari
The Loyal 47 Ronin
Yang Kwei Fei
Miss Oyu
A Geisha
Street of Shame
Five Women around Utamaro...

of course it's not too surprising in Mizo's case, given his background- alienation from father, sister given up for adoption/sold to geisha house, mother died in his teens.

Paris Texas
Alice in the Cities
The Searchers
Tokyo Story
Late Spring
The Only Son
Eternity and a Day
Apu trilogy
Citizen Kane
Spirited away
Blue Velvet
Fanny and Alexander
East of Eden
Night of the Hunter
It's a Wonderful Life
The New World
Raise the Red Lantern
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Central Station
Star Wars/The Empire strikes back
Madchen in Uniform
David Copperfield
It Happened one Night
The Wizard of Oz
La Belle et la Bete
Umrao Jaan
Cloud-capped Star
The Return
Ben Hur
Ballad of a Soldier
The 400 Blows
Finding Nemo
Five Easy Pieces
A.I.Artificial Intelligence
Sophie's Choice
Come and See
Au revoir les Enfants
The Godfather
My Life as a Dog
Bashu the little Stranger
The Horse Thief
The Last Emperor
Toy Story
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Monday Morning
Far from Heaven
The Pianist
Million Dollar Baby
Nobody Knows
The Human Condition
Tom Jones
Secrets and Lies
The Kid
Story of the Weeping Camel

+ separation from loved ones:
The General
Hiroshima mon amour
The Age of Innocence
Doctor Zhivago
The English Patient
A Very Long Engagement

seems to hit a general nerve...

other films in this line? Or other major themes of great/popular films?

Re: Separation from family...

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:25 am

I'd say that Street of Shame also qualifies, even though most of the relationships depicted in the film aren't very pleasant to begin with.

It's good to have you back, Mr. Mizoguchi.

Re: Separation from family...

Postby jcdavies » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:29 am

Yes, well, i did think of including it, in fact will do- it features that classic scene when Machiko Kyo confronts her hypocritical dad. And Five Women around Utamaro also deals with the subject.

Re: Separation from family...

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:43 am

True. We also had Aiko Mimasu trying to get back to her son's good graces. In fact, nearly all of the women in the film had moments where the feelings of longing and remorse came to the forefront.

Haven't seen Five Women.

Re: Separation from family...

Postby A » Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:05 pm

This is a pretty large list, and I dont really know what else I should add. I think this is a common theme in a lot of films, because these are the defining moments in many peoples lives.
For "reconciliation" I would recommend watching Eureka (2000).

Re: Separation from family...

Postby jcdavies » Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:58 pm

Yes, i'm sure you're right, it's just that it's not often commented on as a major theme/issue at least to my knowledge. Eureka is superb.

Re: Separation from family...

Postby A » Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:19 am

Yes you are right. It deserves to be discussed in greater detail.

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