First show: October 11
NEW RESTORATION! Perfect Blue director Kon continues to explore the myth-making process and the deceptions and confusions that go into the formation of a star persona in the brilliant, boundary-blurring Millennium Actress. Begun in monochrome that slowly saturates with color, Millennium Actress revolves around the encounter between a male documentarian and a legendary, reclusive performer, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who has long outlived the movie studio that groomed her for celebrity. Tracing Fujiwara’s steps from a stiflingly traditional upbringing through war-torn Manchuria and into the present day, Kon’s playful, ingenious narrative uses film-within-film conceits to give us the history of an actress who, through the roles she disappears into, embodies a history of Japan itself. (The Metrograph)
Directed by Satoshi Kon. 2001. 87min. DCP. In Japanese with English subtitles. An Eleven Arts release.
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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