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Late Spring (1949)


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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 12:42 PM

I just watched this Ozu movie for the first time. Such a simple storyline, told slowly and delicately... but by the time you reach the final images of the father at home, you are floored emotionally, it's so powerful. Reminds me of my reaction to the end of Kurosawa's "Ikiru".

This is an example of how a great final scene like the father stepping, in silhouette, into his dark living room to sit down in a chair, and then peel an apple, wouldn't look great shown out of context to the movie, but now that I've seen the movie, I can imagine getting teary-eyed every time a shot from that final scene is shown.

It's just a simple tale of the minor but inevitable heartbreaks of life that come with change and getting older. Probably will affect you more if you are older...
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 01:01 PM

Thank's for sharing it David.I've only watched Tokyo Story so far and I was very impressed.I will try to find this one.
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#3 Jason Maeda

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 11:34 PM

man, it tears me apart just thinking about that film. how about the scene where the daughter is smiling as she falls asleep on her last trip with her father, then perfectly ozu captures the gut-wrenching transformation her face makes towards sadness.

maybe angelopoulos is the only guy working now who cripples me like ozu did. mizoguchi was even worse...all those poor women!

these directors share many traits, not the least of which is great dp's!

jk :ph34r:
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:12 AM

It's just a simple tale of the minor but inevitable heartbreaks of life that come with change and getting older. Probably will affect you more if you are older...


And the parent of a daughter reaching adulthood, I'll tell you.....

-Sam Wells
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