Tatsuya Nakadai Set for THE FACE OF ANOTHER Screening at Museum of the Moving Image, 5/17
Tatsuya Nakadai (b. 1932) is one of the greatest actors in the history of contemporary cinema, starring in more than 140 movies by directors including Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Kon Ichikawa, and Mikio Naruse. His versatility and the electrifying intensity of his performances are legendary, and lie at the heart of a career lasting more than six decades. On Saturday, May 17, at 3:00 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image will present a personal appearance by Nakadai with a screening of one of his most astonishing films, The Face of Another, a doppelgänger tale directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman of the Dunes). The screening will be followed by a conversation with Nakadai moderated by Terrence Rafferty, former New Yorker film critic and frequent contributor at The New York Times.
Nakadai appeared at the Museum last year for a sold-out screening of Kurosawa's Ran. Chief Curator David Schwartz said, "It is a great honor for the Museum to have Tatsuya Nakadai back as a special guest. The screening of Ran was unforgettable, and we are excited to show The Face of Another, which features a virtuoso performance in one the most adventurous modernist films of the 1960s."
In The Face of Another (Tanin no Kao) (1966, 124 mins. 35mm), a haunting science-fiction story written by Kobo Abe, a man who is disfigured in an industrial accident agrees to a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. A highly modernist and daring film, with a score by Toru Takemitsu, The Face of Another is a classic of 1960s New Wave cinema, with Tatsuya Nakadai's brilliant performance at its core. The film also features Mikijiro Hira (as the doctor), Kyoko Kishida, Eiji Okada, and Machiko Kyo. "The theme is brilliantly and imaginatively explored, and the acting is potent," wrote Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader.
Tickets are $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students) and free for Museum members. Beginning May 9, advance tickets will be available online at movingimage.us or by phone at 718 777 6800. For information about Museum membership and to join, visit http://movingimage.us/support/membership or call 718 777 6877.