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THE LOVERS' EXILE is an adaptation of MEIDO NO HIKYAKU by classic Japanese dramatist Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1673-1724). The story, one of Chikamatsu's domestic tragedies, recounts the love between a penniless clerk and an indentured prostitute. THE LOVERS' EXILE is performed entirely by the Bunraku Ensemble of Osaka, widely considered the most sophisticated puppet theatre in the world. The Bunraku Theatre Ensemble, and numerous of its players have been declared Living National Treasures of Japan. THE LOVERS EXILE is the only filmed adaptation of a classic Bunraku performance. BOOKLET includes: Introduction by Jean-Louis Barrault A Note on Bunraku, by Susan Sontag The Tradition of Bunraku, by Barbara Curtis Adachi The Art of Bunraku: Discussion with Dr. Northrop Frye Synopsis Monzaemon Chikamatsu Performers Notes on the Production Credits directed produced and edited by Marty Gross photographed by Kozo Okazaki and Hideaki Kobayashi subtitles by Donald Richie and Marty Gross music editing by Carl Zittrer music recording supervised by Toru Takemitsu
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"...remarkably affecting and surprising...a rich theatrical experience..." --Vincent Canby, New York Times
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