Eclipse Series 3: Late Ozu (Early Spring / Tokyo Twilight / Equinox Flower / Late Autumn / The End of Summer) (The Criterion Collection)
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Now the good news: you do get very good audio/video (supposedly not restored by Criterion, but I couldn't tell the difference); the price per film is low; the contents of the box are unsurpassable: five major mature Ozu films, which means all of a sudden we have no less than ten late-period Ozu movies plus a silent release available from Criterion.
Was there a greater moviemaker than Ozu? Watch all eleven and you may find yourself asking that question.
Ozu's recognizable theatrical style is evident everywhere, as characters arrange themselves in carefully posed compositions or move in and out of the frame (often glimpsed through doorways) while the camera remains stationary and low to the floor. Sequences of scenes are separated by exterior shots of trees or narrow streets - like still photographs. A row of barrels lies tilted against a wall, each at exactly the same angle, two open umbrellas filling a space between them. In one memorable scene, a grandfather and his young grandson play a game of hide-and-seek, calling back and forth to each other, while the grandfather secretly changes clothes to make an escape from the house. It's Ozu at his best, a gently told story about life's intermingling of endings and new beginnings.
Ozu was a technician perhaps more quiet than directors like hitchcock, lang, or even kurosawa and mizoguchi - but his movies speak volumes without the extra action and manipulations.. That is probably why so many people find his work refreshing..
This box set contains 5 movies that are among his most effective.. my particular favorite was 'the end of summer' which featured some of his actors from previous films including Ganjiro nakamura as the very childlike grandfather figure.. This movie for me is one of Ozu's best - also it utilizes color in a very striking way (for another fine example of ozu's color see floating weeds).. The other films are also in the same league.. equinox flower is another favorite of mine..
Criterion collections new eclipse series is truly a most welcome venue to discover older movies that you may not have seen.. There is also an excellent collection of early bergman movies now available - and a samuel fuller box is on the way.. It is well worth the price..
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These were a gift for my brother. They were exactly what he wanted.Published 19 months ago by Nikki
Ozu Yasujirô was one of the greatest film directors and after decades of obscurity outside Japan it is cause for celebration that so many of his films are now available on DVD and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Film Buff
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Film execution = barely four (4) stars; film historic relevance = 4.5 stars; restoration = 3.5 stars. Read more
Ozu's films are profoundly affecting and leaves us dwelling in his world long after a viewing. The extras usually found on the single-titled discs are missing here, which is... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by David Lang
This film employs the standard Ozu formula which was perfected in Tokyo Story: some social commentary and personal conflict resulting from the mundane elements of everyday Japanese... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by The Curmudgeon
I love these all five movies very much. I am now over 60 years old and live in California, so, they reminded and recalled me my families, friends and good old days in Japan.Published on March 29, 2012 by Skinnysamurai
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