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Harvard Film Archive: Shuji Terayama

  • 03 Nov 2017
  • 8:30 PM
  • Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:30PM

     Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Pastoral Hide and Seek (Denen ni shisu)

Terayama’s autobiographically inspired feature is an avant-garde cine-memoire and the fullest expression of the mythopoesis of childhood, family and history that recurs throughout his films and writings. Set in the rural North where Terayama spent his formative years, the visually dazzling Pastoral Hide and Seek glides seamlessly between past and present, oneiric theater and cinematic kaleidoscope in a cascade of collaging and overripe symbols that are simultaneously offered as critical and emotional reflections upon Terayama’s past and the traumatic history of post-WWII Japan.

Directed by Shuji Terayama. With Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa
Japan 1974, 35mm, color, 104 min. Japanese with English subtitles


Preceded by


Father (Chichi)

Directed by Shuji Terayama
Japan 1977, 16mm (digitally restored), color, 3 min

Curated by Go Hirasawa and Julian Ross with Haden Guest.

Film descriptions by Haden Guest and Becca Voelcker.

Presented in partnership with Anthology Film Archives; National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the George Eastman Museum, with the generous support of the Kinoshita Group. Special thanks: Theodore C. Bestor and Stacie Matsumoto—Reischauer Institute, Harvard; Hisashi Okajima, Akira Tochigi and Chizuru Usui—National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Japan Foundation; Jed Rapfogel—Anthology Film Archives; Julian Ross; Go Hirasawa.

Tickets go on sale 45 minutes prior to show time. The HFA does not do advance ticket sales.


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