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Film - A Dedicated Life (Zenshin shosetsuka)

  • 21 Jun 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Film - A Dedicated Life (Zenshin shosetsuka)

Friday, June 21st, 2019 from 7:00 PM 

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

Hara’s rarely screened fourth film is an extended intimate portrait of celebrated and outspoken novelist Mitsuharu Inoue, a project that took a radical new direction when the writer’s recently diagnosed cancer began to spread throughout his body. Responding to the urgent sense of time running out, Hara filmed extended sessions of Inoue’s writing workshops, lectures and visits to the doctor while also interviewing the many women in the author’s life. Like his early films, A Dedicated Life refuses to sentimentalize or heroize its subject, revealing Inoue’s jealousies, anger and darker side as expressions of the inherent and irresolvable complexity of the portrait film. And like Extreme Private Eros in particular, Hara’s thoughtful film also reveals the contradictory and often self-destructive impulses of love and devotion.

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