This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Theatre as film as theatre.
Mizoguchi's camera pans wide and long, its subjects at a distance. We see the tumultuous world of Kabuki theatre from a stagelike perspective, and like all great plays, these characters serve as a mirror to humanity as a whole.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum's framing seems revolutionary for 1939. Mizoguchi uses shot depth to great effect 2 years before Citizen Kane graced the west, forever changing cinema. Yet, at this oft-distanced perspective, empathy for…