Wednesday, September 2, 2015
WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (1960)
When we meet Mama she's at a crossroads in her life. Should she try to marry one of the rich customers or should she try to gather up enough money to open her own bar? That's the two main choices she has, but as we all know, life has a way of throwing you all kinds of unexpected twists.
To most people that probably sounds boring, but thanks to Naruse's masterful direction, the amazing screenplay by Ryuzo (THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, YOJIMBO,SANJURO) Kikushima and such wonderful acting by everybody, including Tatsuya Nakadai as the bar manager who secretly in love with Mama, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Lovely music, good pace, beautiful photography...I cannot say enough wonderful things about this movie. Highly recommended. It gets even better with repeat viewings.