This week, we were proud to release Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1939 film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, a devastating meditation on the costs of artistic ambition that showcases the director’s luminous visual style at its most sophisticated. In the inaugural post in its new online column Criterion Crash Course, MovieMaker magazine mines the film and the special features on our release for material that will be instructive for any independent filmmaker.

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