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PRINCESS YANG KWEI FEI

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PRINCESS YANG KWEI FEI Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori (1955, New Yorker, unrated, subtitled, $79.95) Like most of the films by the late Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi, his first in color is both classical in style and trenchantly modern in its take on women, society, and power. Set in 8th-century China, it’s a dark Cinderella story about a kitchen maid (Kyo) who wins the love of an enlightened emperor (Mori) and the rebellion that erupts when her relatives rise to prominence behind her. Slow-going in the best sense, Princess exudes a stateliness akin to a Zen trance-but beneath the porcelain perfection is an exhilarated heart. A -TB

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