Events | SILENT SALON Screening: The Dragnet Girl

Los Angeles | July 13, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Talking pictures came relatively late to Japan: it would be 1930 before a feature-length Japanese talkie was released, and silent films continued to be produced throughout the decade such as Yasujiro Ozu’s rarely screened 1933 drama Dragnet Girl (Hijosen no onna), which didn't even feature a musical score. However, 2017 Villa Aurora fellow Udo Moll will be at hand to create the sound track for this master piece, full of stunning imagery and distinctive mise-en-scène.

"Dragnet Girl is a formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivoting on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko. With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu." (Criterion Collection)



2015 Villa Aurora fellow Udo Moll was born in Kirchheim unter Teck and lives and works in Cologne.

His initial musical socialization process took place in the brass orchestra of the city of Uhingen. He studied empirical cultural sciences, musicology, romanistic and new German literature at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen and went on to study the jazz trumpet with Manfred Schoof and composition with Johannes Fritsch at the Music Academy Cologne.

Udo Moll works as a freelance composer, trumpeter and in the field of electronic music and tours internationally.


Villa Aurora

520 Paseo Miramar

Los Angeles, CA 90272


Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Film starts at 8:00 p.m.

Shuttle starts at 6:00 p.m

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $ 10 for Friends of Villa Aurora (RSVP to 310.454.4231 or

Tickets can be purchased via


Street parking is available on Los Liones Drive. Shuttle service starts at 6 pm from Los Liones Drive,

off Sunset Boulevard two blocks North-East of Pacific Coast



Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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