THE END OF SUMMER
- 1:00 3:15 5:30
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
(1961) Roguishly aging sake brewer Ganjiro Nakamura can still disconcert and dismay his numerous family (“the Kohayagawa family is complicated”) — including widowed daughter-in-law Setsuko Hara — by suffering a heart attack (he signals his recovery by sauntering off, farting to the john) and by taking up with a longtime mistress; even as the family business itself is slowly going down the drain. Approx. 103 min. 35mm.
“The film begins in the lightest manner… The surface is mundane, marvelously so, but with almost no hint of the depths we are later to view. With humor, with affection, we are willingly led deeper and deeper until we are faced with death… It is perhaps the only Ozu picture in which there is no spiritual survivor. One of Ozu’s most beautiful films, it is one of his most disturbing.”
– Donald Richie