Jun 12 – YOUTH, WHY DO YOU CRY [silent film accompaniment]

When: Sunday, June 12th, 2022 at 4:00PM
What: Wakamonoyo Naze Nakuka (Youth, Why Do You Cry)

1930. Japan. Directed by Kiyohiko Ushihara. Screenplay by Tokusaburo Murakami. With Denmei Suzuki, Kinuyo Tanaka, Tokihiko Okada. 35mm. Silent. In Japanese; English subtitles. 193 min.

Featuring an all-star Shochiku cast, including the legendary Kinuyo Tanaka, Youth, Why Do You Cry? represents the high-water mark of Kiyohiko Ushihara’s silent period, packing its fast-paced plot, which involves the sudden intrusion of a “modern girl” into a widower’s family home, into a truly breezy three hours. A specialist of coming-of-age stories, Ushihara would leave Shochiku Kamata studios to learn more about a revolutionary new development in sound film, known as the “talkies,” in France, Great Britain, and the United States. Nobuhiko Obayashi (House) considered the film a masterpiece, observing that “even though it’s a three-hour-long silent film, I was moved into thinking that I had just watched a musical work of art.” 35mm print from National Film Archive of Japan; courtesy Shochiku. 

This film accompanies Beyond Ozu: Hidden Gems of Shochiku Studios.

Where: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 at the Museum of Modern Art
11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Directions: http://www.moma.org/visit/
Nearest Subway: 5 Ave/53 St on M/V, 57 St on F, 47-50 Sts on B/D/F/M

Admission: $12 ($10 for senior citizens, $8 for students / free for children ages 16 and under & Museum members, screening ticket required)
Admission to the day’s film program is free for Museum ticket holders, but separate screening tickets are required.
Film admission is partial Museum admission. The price of a film ticket can be applied toward the price of Museum admission or MoMA membership within 30 days of your purchase. For more info, visit https://www.moma.org/visit/film.