“There are…sequences…that immediately evoke some of the best work ever done by this great motion-picture stylist.” – The New York Times
Dissatisfied with the Hollywood system, Josef von Sternberg left it behind to make what would be his final film: ANATAHAN (1953). Inspired by an actual event during WWII, Josef von Sternberg’s Anatahan, tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors who are stranded on the remote island of Anatahan during the waning days of the war. The war ends, unbeknownst to the men, and they engage in their own private war for dominance of their island domain and possession of the sole woman in their midst, Keiko (Akemi Negishi), the so-called “Queen Bee” of Anatahan.
Don’t miss this gorgeous restoration of the director’s cut, made from the original camera negative.