Anything But Silent Live
Theater Organ Accompaniment by BEN MODEL
A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm
From legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, a mesmerizing drama about the leader of ragtag Kabuki theater troupe who gets caught in his own real life melodrama of passion and betrayal when he encounters his forgotten illegitimate son.
A pinnacle film from Japanese master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s silent period, A Story of Floating Weeds concerns the leader of a ragtag Kabuki theater troupe who is stranded in a remote mountain village, where he encounters his forgotten illegitimate son. Believing his father long dead, the son falls in love with a young actress who has been bribed by the old man’s mistress to seduce him. In Ozu’s hands the reversals and revelations that follow transcend mere melodrama. The poet of urban, domestic Tokyo, Ozu here evokes with loving detail the “floating” world of an itinerant theater group and the milieu of rural Japan—rain-drenched and dilapidated, rustic and religious. (Japan, 1934, 86 min., Silent with English subtitles, Black & White, NR, DCP | Dir. Yasujiro Ozu)
Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New
York MoMA since 1984, and the CAC since 2006.