Sansho – The Bailiff


7:00 PM


Programmed by Eleanor Nichols

Sansho – The Bailiff

December 5, 2024

A stunning introduction to the work of the great, great Japanese filmmaker, Kenji Mizoguchi.

Few artists in any medium have achieved such mastery of technique, mastery of experience, mastery of self (three aspects of the same process). It is the greatest movie I have ever seen.” 

          Robin Wood 

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile. His wife and children are left to fend for themselves and are eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders. “The humanism in Mizoguchi and the Shakespearean sweep of  time and society are akin to Renoir’s vision of life’s theater. Their language was the same: the way camera movements expanded consequence;  spatial connections that spoke to likeness; and the suffering. Mizoguchi’s work of the fifties is the great tragic moment of cinema… This is a perfect film, one in which we never notice execution or exactness.” —  David Thomson (1954, 124 min, in Japanese w/English subtitles)

Thursday, December 5, 7:00 PM



Kenji Mizoguchi

Kenji Mizoguchi



Things to Know

Our Venue

THE 222 is a small intimate venue. All seats are very good and have a clear view of the stage.

Seating for this film is club style with round tables that seat four people. Open seating.

We are located at 222 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 473-9152

Run Time

Run time is 124 minutes


THE 222 is all on ground level. There are no steps. All facilities are ADA compliant. Public parking is available on the north side of the building and along Healdsburg Ave. and Center St.

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Age Recommendation

We recommend this performance for ages 10 and up. Children under 5 are not admitted.

Content Advisory

This performance has no content advisory and is suitable for all audiences.

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