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The Pornographers

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The Pornographers

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Shoichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto
director:
Shohei Imamura
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B

Japanese director Shohei Imamura retired following the completion of the arrestingly bizarre Dr. Akagi, released last year; The Pornographers, a 1966 B&W melodrama about an amateur smut peddler and the effect his vocation has on his adopted family, is proof that the filmmaker indulged a wack sensibility virtually from the get-go. Like his more recent work, it’s both visually striking and dramatically incoherent, a series of unforgettable images and gradually shifting moods rather than a traditional narrative. Those attracted to it for prurient reasons, however, will be sorely disappointed: Like all good films concerning pornography, it’s not about sex, but economics. B

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