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Street of Shame


[[Performer~P103129~Kenji Mizoguchi~kenjimizoguchi]]'s final film was on one of his favorite subjects: prostitutes. After a spate of universally lauded period pieces, Mizoguchi returned to the socially conscious dramas that he made famous in the 1930s. Here, as in [[Feature~V36687~Osaka Elegy~osakaelegy]] (1936), he offered a scathing critique of society's hypocrisies and exploitative treatment of women, without the sort of transcendence seen in [[Feature~V29253~Life of Oharu~thelifeofoharu]] (1952...more