A Taste of Terayama

In collaboration with Anthology Film Archives and Harvard Film Archive, December at the Dryden offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a taste of the volatile, hallucinatory cinema of Shūji Terayama, described by Amos Vogel in his seminal Film as a Subversive Art as a “poet, playwright, theatre director, filmmaker, essayist, agitator, and lover of all things anarchistic, chaotic, and truthful” and “one of Japan’s most revered and respected artists, who in the heady and extremist Japanese art scene of the late 1970s created a number of unforgettable and highly controversial films.” Our series will include Terayama’s manifesto Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971), his international breakthrough Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974), and his magical testament Farewell to the Ark (1984).

Date:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Terayama. Shûji Terayama’s debut feature Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets, an adaptation of his eponymous novel and play, is a playful, energetic, psychedelic, visually hypnotic critique of contemporary Japanese society’s descent into ruthless materialism.
Date:
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Terayama. Terayama’s second feature is another take on the subject the director explored in his previous film, Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets. But in this case, the story is more personal—perhaps even autobiographical—as the boy who is desperately trying to escape his demanding, oppressive mother and the suffocating atmosphere of a small rural village ends up becoming a filmmaker.
Date:
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Terayama. Terayama’s final feature, released only after the director’s untimely death in 1983 at the age of 47, blends all his previous personal interests—the power of memory, the demands of society, the clash between tradition and new ways—into a seamless, visually gorgeous allegory.