WHITE THREADS OF WATERFALL (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1933)

A rare extant silent film by Japan’s great Kenji Mizoguchi, Taki no shiraito, a.k.a. The Water Magician and White Threads of Waterfall, opens on an image inside the performance tent of a traveling carnival troupe: on top of a table, two small monkeys—symbolically, humanity—each of which is tied on a short leash that’s in the […]