Final Day! Thursday, July 25
Yasujiro Ozu 小津 安二郎 (1903-1963) only achieved acclaim in the West after he was dead; perhaps because of his status as Japan's most honored director — with six Kinema Jumpo “Best One” awards (Japan’s Best Picture Oscar equivalent) — as in spite of it. Throughout he worked in the shomin-geki genre, simple stories about simple people, his favorite themes: families, fathers, the remembered joys of college life, none of which he himself had experienced. (After years of separation, his father died when Ozu was still young; Ozu never married, or went to college.) His filming style was among the most eccentric and austere in world cinema: little-to-no camera movement, the total absence of fades or dissolves — straight cutting from scene to scene only, the unvarying camera angle — always from a low angle; the use of unpeopled “still life” shots as bridges between sequences; creating in its three-dimensionality, in its sense of other life lived beyond the screen frame, even beyond the film’s own duration, a sense of plot islands floating in a sea of life, informed by the benevolent world-view of one of the most idiosyncratic and greatest of filmmakers.
Special thanks to Sarah Finklea, Brian Belovarac (Janus Films), Grant Tompkins, Kanako Shirasaki, Aki Nishikawa (Japan Foundation), Kenji Ogino (Toho Co. Ltd.)
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Click here to read David Bordwell's essay on Ozu in Artforum
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