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Amos Vogel Program 3 - Diary of a Shinjuku Thief

Amos Vogel Program 3 - Diary of a Shinjuku Thief

Amos Vogel Program 3 - Diary of a Shinjuku Thief

1969 / 96min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: NAGISA ÔSHIMA

Introduced by guest programmer Herb Shellenberger.

Nagisa Ōshima’s taboo-shattering Diary of a Shinjuku Thief follows the sordid misadventures of Birdy (the titular thief played by legendary artist Tadanori Yokoo) and salesgirl-turned-bad Umeko. After Umeko catches Birdy in the act at a bookshop where she works, the two consecrate their new bond through an increasingly erotic journey across the Tokyo night. Amos Vogel describes Diary of a Shinjuku Thief as “a grotesque, erotic, ultimately phantasmagorical avant-garde work in which a young couple engage in a bizarre search for sexual ecstasy while Tokyo explodes in student riots.” Time, space and the line between fiction and reality are continually shattered in this fractious work which jumps from street performance to frenziedly erotic narrative to experimental theater and back again through each jump cut.

Part of Amos Vogel’s Film As Subversive Art