Shûji Terayama's 1971 debut feature "Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets" — an experimental film adaptation of his novel and play of the same name — centers on one dysfunctional family's deterioration as a metaphor for modern Japanese society's descent into pitiless materialism. The political-psychedelic frolic follows the disillusioned teenaged son of the household who, searching for an identity and longing to achieve greatness, resists the social and economic status his family has resigned itself to.
Part of the Dryden Theatre's "A Taste of Terayama" series, the film will be screened — in Japanese with subtitles — on Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes with "Fairwell to the Ark" on December 27. Dryden Theatre, 900 East Avenue. $8; $6 for members; $4 for students with ID. 327-4800; eastman.org.