This July, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Painted Poetry on Film series will continue with three Japanese films spanning the 1950s to the 1990s. Japan has a rich film heritage and the screenings include films from some of the country’s most important filmmakers: Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Masaki Kobayashi. Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990), showing Wednesday, July 6, is inspired by the actual dreams of the director, who is known for his exquisitely beautiful works of film art. Mizoguchi’s films have been likened to traditional scroll paintings because his extensive use of the moving camera, long takes, and proclivity to pan across landscapes. His film Sansho the Bailiff (1954) will play on Wednesday, July 20. Kobayashi’s splend!
iferous Kwaidan  (1964), playing Wednesday, July 27, is a collection of four ghost stories.
In addition to the Painted Poetry on Film program, the museum will bring in an array of guest directors, curators, and even a ventriloquist to speak about different films showing throughout July.
On Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, Lost Bohemia (2011), directed by Canton native Josef Astor, will premiere locally at the museum. His film documents the singular living spaces of working artists who were recently evicted from the landmark studios atop Carnegie Hall. Astor is a New York photographer whose pictures have been published in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and other publications.
Ventriloquist Kimberly Miller (Mrs. Ohio America 2010) will answer questions and demonstrate her talent after the Friday, July 22 showing of Dumbstruck (2010), a new documentary about ventriloquism in which she co-stars.
On Friday, July 29, the museum will show two Cleveland International Film Festival hits, The Girlfriends Club , directed by Dale Omori and Diane Suchetka, and Facing Forward , directed by Laura Paglin. Both films are set inside Cleveland schools. The filmmakers will take questions after the screening.