Compétition internationale
45th edition
24 NOV > 3 DEC 2023, Nantes

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The Most Beautiful
(Ichiban utsukushiku)



Soon turning to a steadfast pacifism, Akira Kurosawa commented that he was genuinely attached to this film made in 1944 as a contribution to the war effort. Depicting voluntary workers engaged in the manufacture of precision lenses for gunsights, Kurosawa’s mise-en-scène – enriched by a prior period of meticulous observation – uses an immersive effect by magnifying these women at their daily work to support the army. In a new restored version, and aside from its propagandist dimension, The Most Beautiful portends the filmmaker’s propensity for a cinema concerned with social realities. Those Who Make Tomorrow and No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), One Wonderful Sunday (1947) and Drunken Angel (1948) will follow on, painting a subtle moral portrait of Japan immediately after the war. JB

  • Titre français
    Le plus dignement
  • Original title
    Ichiban utsukushiku
  • Titre international
    The Most Beautiful
  • Scénario
    Akira KUROSAWA
  • Interprétation
    Takako IRIE, Sôji KIYOKAWA, Takashi SHIMURA, Ichiro SUGAI, Asako SUZUKI, Yoko YAGUCHI
  • Distribution
    Carlotta, Ines DELVAUX :
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage

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