Tuesday, 14th April 2015
In Japan Entertainment News,
Shibuya cinema to host one-month Ernst retrospective
Cinema Vera in Shibuya, Tokyo, will be honouring legendary director Ernst Lubitsch with a one-month programme of his most famous films.
Kickstarting on April 25th, the cinema will be hosting a retrospective, with audiences having the chance to see some of his classics. These include the bedroom farce One Hour With You (1932), silent movie The Marriage Circle (1924), and the hilarious satire on Hitler To Be or Not to Be (1942).
Lubitsch's career started off in Germany, where he became renowned for his silent films. As he grew in fame and stature, he moved to glitzy Hollywood, where his comedies and musicals did wonders for his career. At this time, it was the actors and actresses of movies that made the headlines, with directors often forgotten about, but Ernst's movies soon became advertised for having 'the Lubitsch touch'. And what as that exactly? Well, elegance and sophistication, with a touch of earthy humour.
Tokyo is eager to increase its cultural offerings for western tourists, especially in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics. For example, famous actress Norika Fujiwara is set to star in the Japanese version of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. The production will open on July 9th at Theater 1010 in Tokyo and then be performed in ten prefectures through to August 13th. Based on the 1947 book, it tell the tale of an American nurse who is stationed on an island during World War II, who then falls in love with a French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children.
Over the next few months, there will be a string of brilliant entertainment events in Tokyo, such as GQ2015 GABBY, with audience members having the chance to see some of the best male dancers on the planet from jazz, ballet, street and contemporary dance.