Spirited Away (subtitled, 5/12, 8:00pm)

“It’s a masterpiece, pure and simple — certainly the finest thing that the distinctive Japanese style of animation, called anime, has produced — and a film that can stand with the Disney classics of the ‘30s and ‘40s in the range of its imagination and the quality of its execution.” — Dave Kehr, New York Times

Completely wiping off the table all preconceived notions of anime by simply being one of the greatest animated features ever inked, this richly envisioned tale — which truly astounds with every beautifully conceptualized moment — is a timeless triumph of style, storytelling, color, texture, wonderment, emotionality and pretty much any other category you can dream up. Separated from her parents on a chance outing to a ghost-town amusement park, ten-year-old Chihiro is engulfed in a mind-boggling spirit world whose ever-shifting landscapes resemble a M.C. Escher-inspired “Legend Of Zelda” labyrinth — one teeming with a multitude of yokai folklore monsters to boot. Like Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” (who provides much inspiration here), all of Chihiro’s learned tasks, brave interactions, and blossoming emotions are symbolic of the trials of childhood — and are rendered by Miyazaki in a perfect balance of humor, horror and unabashed surrealism. Like all of cinema’s great masterpieces, Spirited Away can only truly be experienced on the big screen, so get over here NOW and see it with us! Our May 12th presentation of Spirited Away is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, 35mm, 125 min.