THAT NIGHT’S WIFE
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(1930) Mainly single-set exercise in suspense: after robbing because of his daughter’s illness, a commercial artist is caught at home by a cop, but then the wife gets the gun... Approx. 65 min. 35mm.
Plus fragment of A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY (1929): a hapless kidnapper tries to give obstreperous 6-year-old Tomio Aoki back, but.... So big a smash that Aoki was henceforth billed by his character’s name: Tokkankozo. Approx 14 min. 35mm.
"Ozu tests his skill by taking many [of the thriller] genre conventions seriously…. 'rewriting' Lang and Sternberg, announcing the subordination of thriller material to his playful stylistic strategies."
– David Bordwell, Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema