Film Screening Sunday, April 3, 2011 | 3 PM

A Window on Japan: A Film Series

Paley Center
The Paley Center for Media will present a series of arts and culture films about Japan from its collection.

Béjart’s Kabuki Ballet
This documentary explores a ballet choreographed and directed by Maurice Béjart in Japan, which was adapted from the traditional Kabuki masterpiece Chushingura for the Tokyo Ballet. This program compares Béjart's work to its model with scenes of a Kabuki performance. Rehearsal scenes are interspersed with discussion of the work's preparation and meaning, and the program closes with the final scene of the opening night performance. This documentary won the 1986 International Emmy, Performing Arts. (NHK; 1986, 55 mins.)

Camera Three: Bunraku: The Classical Puppets of Japan

This installment of the arts program Camera Three, with commentator Faubion Bowers, includes a film showing how the puppets are made and manipulated by operators who are visible during the performance, plus extended scenes from Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s famous eighteenth-century drama The Love-Suicides of Sonzezaki. (CBS; 1973, 30 mins.)

Screenings at The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10019

Screenings are free with Paley Center admission; suggested donation for admission $10, $8 seniors and students; $5 children under 14.

For more information:
212-621-6600 Ext. 0
Presented by The Paley Center for Media.

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