Tuesday, May 30, 2006

SHOHEI IMAMURA 1926 - 2006

On the day that Howard Hawks would have celebrated his 110th birthday, news comes of the death of the great Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura, who won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or twice, for The Ballad of Narayama in 1993, and again for The Eel in 1997. David Hudson at Green Cine Daily has compiled an excellent series of links in tribute to Imamura which talk about specific films in the director’s filmography and his place in the history of the Japanese cinema. Shohei Imamura was 79 at the time of his death, which was attributed to liver cancer.

And as for Hawks, here's Sheila O'Malley with a fine appreciation.

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