Monday, 19 March 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 85: Mon Mar 26

Early Spring (Ozu, 1956): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.35pm


This 35mm presentation is part of an Yasijuro Ozu season at the Prince Charles Cinema. You can find all the details here.

Time out review: 
A typically low-key domestic drama in Yasijuro Ozu's mournful, defeatist vein: it deals with the break-up between an office-worker and his wife when the husband embarks on a tentative affair, and surrounds both partners with extensive webs of friends, relatives, acquaintances and colleagues. It's shot and edited in Ozu's characteristic 'minimalist' style, with hardly any camera movement, a carefully circumscribed syntax, and an editing method that's as unconventional by Japanese standards as it is remote from the Western norm. Ozu's pessimism is deeply reactionary, and the idiosyncrasy of his methods is more interesting for its exoticism than anything else; but anyone who finds the socio-psychological problems of post-war Japan engaging will find the movie both fascinating and rather moving, simply as evidence.
Tony Rayns


Here (and above) is an extract.

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