*Yoshiwara.* 1937. France. Directed by Max Ophuls. Courtesy of Collection Musée Gaumont

Yoshiwara. 1937. France. Directed by Max Ophüls. Screenplay by Ophüls, Arnold Lipp, based on a novel by Maurice Dekobra. With Pierre Richard-Willm, Sessue Hayakawa, Michiko Tanaka. 102 min.

Sold as a geisha to support her impoverished aristocratic family, the beautiful Kohana (Michiko Tanaka) soon finds herself with two protectors: a Russian officer (Pierre Richard-Willm) and a loyal family servant (Sessue Hayakawa). Ambitiously, Ophüls originally planned to shoot this rare feature on location in Japan, but had to settle for a Japanese garden in the suburbs of Paris, which perhaps accounts for his personal dislike of this not-uninteresting film.

  1. Wednesday, August 3, 2016,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, July 29, 2016,
    6:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Gaumont: Cinéma pour tout le monde.