La Chienne

“Now that I’m somebody, I’d much rather be nobody” sighs the title character, Lulu (Janie Marèse), of Jean Renoir’s La Chienne (1931) to her pimp Dédé (Georges Flamant). She has become an unlikely “somebody” by...

Kokoro

Sensei (Masayuki Mori) is first seen standing in a doorway, looking down at his wife as she sits embroidering (1). Shizu (Michiyo Aratama) has opened Kon Ichikawa’s Kokoro (1955) in a luminous, enigmatic close-...