Monday, August 24, 2009

Day #21,433

Walk km 2666-2671: Robson/Hornby/Georgia/(sky train)/Cambie/59th/Ash/Marine/(sky train)/Georgia/(bus)/Davie/Thurlow

sky train
aprox km 2667 Canada Line

Movie #1068: The Lower Depths(1957, Akira Kurosawa)

Here's the companion piece to the Jean Renoir move that I watched on day #21,409. Both are versions of the same Maxim Gorky play but the results are quite different. Gone from this version are two rather large sub-plots: the story of the gambling Baron and the attempt to marry off the landlord's sister-in-law. Also missing from this version is the happy ending. The Kurosawa scraps the plot development and instead let's us wallow in the grotesque. And it is wonderfully grotesque - it would be hard to imagine a lower form of human life than the one portrayed here.

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