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Felice Beato (1832 – 29 January 1909), also known as Felix Beato,[note 1] was an Italian–British photographer. He was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one...

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Felice Felice : Dutch-Japanese romantic drama

Dutch filmmaker Peter Delpeut, who inventively embroidered found footage into his own narratives in "Lyrical Nitrate" and "The Forbidden Quest," uses hand-tinted photographs from the late 19th century to evoke a tine and place in "Felice...Felice..." Shot entirely in an Amsterdam studio, the somber romantic drama's rather cold formalism may shut out some fest audiences, but those that stick around long enough for it to kick in on an emotional level will find much to admire. Pic was warmly received as the official opener of this year's Rotterdam Film Festival. Delpeut's tragic love story about the cultural chasm between East and West was inspired by the pictures taken by turn-of-the-century Japanese photographers Hikoma Uenoand Renjo Shimooka and Western visitors of the time such as Baron von Stilfried and Felice Beato. The latter is the protagonist of this fictionalized "Madame Butterfly" variant; his hopeless quest to reconjure a lost love is narrated via a letter to his brother back in Holland. Six years after abandoning his bought bride O-Kiku (Kumi Nakamura) in Nagasaki, photographer and explorer Beato (Johan Leysen) returns to Japan and attempts to track the woman, who has retreated further sand further into his memory. Finding their former home empty he continues on to places they once lived in or visited, traveling across a country now increasingly remote and unfathomable to him. The journey is punctuated by encounters with people who knew them, but the reticence <b>...</b>
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