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.