Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Art of Ozu

An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 

Ozu is amazing.  He was doing films about nothing before Seinfeld was born.  Okay, it's not about nothing, it's about a daughter getting married and leaving her father.  But it's a low-key comedy, quiet, unobtrusive, humble, pitch perfect. 

What's amazing about Ozu is he takes these real life conflicts, these small moments that occur in just about everybody's life, and he makes them interesting.  What helps Ozu too I think are his actors, who, like Hitchcock's, underplay everything, they hide their emotion.  It's also fascinating to see characters avoiding conflict, by refusing to answer a question, they'll grunt or something. 

So much is going on underneath in an Ozu movie.  He's got no car chases, no deaths, no violence, no sex.  Should be boring and it's just brilliant.  This is his last film, in my opinion his greatest, but you can't go too wrong with any Ozu, really. 

And damn this film is beautiful.  It’s so gorgeous.     

1 comment:

El Pollo Raylan said...

I misread your title without my glasses as "The Art of Ouzo."