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The Written Face

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DIRECTED BY DANIEL SCHMID

DISTRIBUTED BY FIRST RUN/ICARUS FILMS

32 COURT STREET, FLOOR 21

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11201

1995, 89 MINUTES/COLOR

The Written Face is a poetic meditation on femininity as seen through the world of Japanese performing arts. In the traditional performing art of kabuki, men play all of the roles, male as well as female. The male kabuki actors who play female parts (onnagata), have often created idealized female characters on stage. It is this idealized femininity that the film addresses.

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