"The Inland Sea"
Directed by Lucille Carra
Lucille Carra, with Brian Cotnoir,
re-creates the lyrical vision of old Japan captured by Donald Richie in his
classic travel memoir. Richie, one of the foremost Western authorities on Japanese
cinema and culture, juxtaposes the ongoing conflict between traditional and modern values
with the serene beauty of the area known as the Inland Sea. The result is a rewarding
personal journey for the heart, the mind, and the senses. Enhanced by the
breathtaking cinematography of Hiro Narita (Never Cry Wolf) and the music of
famed composer Toru Takemitsu (Ran, Black Rain, Kwaidan), The Inland Sea
documents a centuries-old way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Digitally remastered with new subtitles, new digital audio-video film-to-tape transfer, supervised
by Lucille Carra. "The film's images and Ms. Carra's use of them superbly serve
the Richie subtext, which is that everything we see is passing out of existence,
being devoured here as elsewhere by the needs of a different world." - Vincent Canby,
The New York Times. English and Japanese with English
subtitles. Color and Black and white. 57 minutes.