Facets Cinémathèque

Archives +

Members Only Screenings

Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

May 11, 2015

Pale Flower
Kawaita hana

Film still: Pale Flower
4 stars "A lively yet bleak allegory for post-war Japan and a totem of the Japanese New Wave"
  —Slant Magazine
4 stars "One of the most haunting noirs I've seen"
  —Roger Ebert

In this cool example of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza fresh out of prison heads straight for the gambling parlors—where he runs into thrill-seeking Mariko Kaga, a beautiful and enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.

Bewitchingly shot and edited, and laced with a fever-dream-like score by Toru Takemitsu, this gangster romance was a breakthrough for the idiosyncratic Masahiro Shinoda (Assassination, With Beauty and Sorrow). Pale Flower is one of the rare films that makes gambling scenes suspenseful and exciting despite the fact that we are literally watching people sit in a row and play with tiles. The black-and-white cinematography is second to none, reminiscent of classic American film noir and French crime films. One of the greatest yakuza films ever made, Pale Flower, a gorgeous, obsessive blend of Jean-Pierre Melville and Gun Crazy, is an unforgettable excursion into the underworld. "My subject," Shinoda said, "is a man in traditional yakuza society who finds himself hopelessly out of place in the modern social structure, and learns something about himself through this discovery."

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda, Japan, 1964, 96 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, May 11 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

Not a member?

Join Us

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation