Seasonal Special Happenings

"The Pillow Book"

When: Fri., April 8 2011

We aren't entirely sure what this 1996 British flick is really about, but what we've seen so far looks pretty hot. Phrases like "Japanese fashion model," "fetish for calligraphy," and "sexual odyssey" keep cropping up in the online synopses; and the DVD cover art features a dreamy-looking Ewan McGregor snuggling in a bathtub with actress Vivian Wu, who plays the aforementioned model Nagiko. The film's title apparently refers to a famous 10th-century Japanese diary; we gather that the diary — and some creepiness with her father — figure prominently in Nagiko's obsessions. Wikipedia calls the film "an artistic melding of dark modern drama with idealized Chinese and Japanese cultural themes," and its screening at the Museum of Art coincides with the new exhibition of Japanese and Korean pieces, The Lure of Painted Poetry. But if you want to know more than that, you'll just have to go see the film, which is showing tonight at 6:45 p.m. in the Morley Lecture Hall. Tickets are $9, less for students, seniors, and members. For more info, check out clevelandart.org or call 216-707-2465. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle. And oh yeah: No one under 17 will be admitted. — Cicora

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