Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 194: Fri Nov 26

Yearning (Naruse, 1964): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 9pm 

This 35mm presentation is part of the Japan season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
This late masterpiece (1964) is about a war widow whose beverage store is being supplanted by a supermarket. The film clarifies why Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Yasujiro Ozu are all better known than Naruse: his turf is the lower middle class, and his chronically unfulfilled characters are typically unexceptional. Yet one can’t predict what any of them will do from one moment to the next, and despite the seeming simplicity of this tragic story, its psychological complexity is bottomless. No less remarkable are the abrupt, unsentimental editing and the remarkable mise en scene (in black-and-white ‘Scope), which shows the characters’ increasing entrapment even as it moves from claustrophobic interiors to scenic wide-open spaces.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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