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Carmen Falls in Love (1952)
"Karumen junjo su" (original title)

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A naive stripper falls for an artist engaged to the daughter of a controversial female politician.

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Carmen
Masao Wakahara ...
Hajime Sudo, the artist
Chikage Awashima ...
Chidori, Hajime's fiancee
Toshiko Kobayashi ...
Akemi
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Kumako Satake, Chidori's mother
Chieko Higashiyama ...
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Takeshi Sakamoto ...
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Shin'ichi Himori ...
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Miss Hosoi
Junji Masuda
Yûko Mochizuki
Sachiko Murase
Tatsuo Saitô
Shunji Sakai
Fujio Suga
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A naive stripper falls for an artist engaged to the daughter of a controversial female politician.

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A lesser known gem of post-war Japanese cinema
28 August 2014 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Carmen Falls in Love (aka: Carmen's Innocent Love) is a B&W sequel to the first Japanese color movie, Carmen Comes Home. Both are directed by Keisuke Kinoshita and both star Hideko Takamine in one of her oddest but more recognizable roles. These two films are sadly obscure among the common film-loving public, which is unfortunate because I think that they are very underrated.

This sequel follows the titular character, a stripper, falling in love with an avantgarde artist and getting involved in the candidature-oriented plans of a caricatured female politician. Unlike in the previous film, Carmen's profession is no more presented in an unusual and titillating fashion, but instead simply as a trade done for a living. It's not set in a colorful rural landscape, but instead in a black and white Tokyo. It doesn't rely on color symbolism to accentuate the unevenness of the times, it does so by adding bizarre screen transitions and by subverting the entire visual component with a constant Dutch angle (tilted camera) gimmick. The soundtrack isn't divided between traditional folk songs and Western music, but instead it consists, almost entirely, of Georges Bizet's catchy arias from Carmen, fittingly enough.

It has a strong political aspect to it, introducing two very exaggerated characters. The first is a nuclear paranoia-obsessed housekeeper, and the second is a loud, whiskered lady candidating for an office. Kinoshita also seems to express his thoughts on genders in cinema and society. The film even ends with a message "Where is Carmen going? Hang in there, Carmen!" There are also constant sexual allusions and not-at-all-subtle references that were really bold for the early '50s. Take for example the artist's atelier, which has some phallic sculptures standing idly by.

Carmen Falls in Love is a very strange and outlandish film. It doesn't have a strong enough plot to carry the entire runtime perfectly, but is still very entertaining and mildly provoking, even though sometimes it isn't very clear what Kinoshita is trying to say, but if you enjoyed other Kinoshita-Takamine films, you'll surely like this one too.

9,5/10


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