Ugetsu ★★★★

FSDO 2018
Week 12: Auteurs - Kenji Mizoguchi

Mizoguchi manages to do what few people can: tell a story about people whose lives are irreparably damaged by greed and self-destruction while still grounding them in their humanity. It’s only because we empathize with them so much that witnessing their plight is that much more difficult to watch—the last shot of the movie is particularly painful. It’s not a moralistic horror-show like Requiem for a Dream (though there are some ghosts), but  haunting, elegantly told story, representing the beauty and honesty of what cinema can do.