I AM A CAT (Kon Ichikawa, 1975)

What is a master of mise-en-scène? There is a shot in Wagahai wa neko de aru, based on Soseki Natsume’s 1905-06 serialized novel, where schoolteacher Chinno Kushami and a group of confederates are seated around his livingroom table, smoking and conversing—although they may have fallen into momentary silence. Filmmaker Kon Ichikawa’s shot blends elements of […]