Monday, November 15, 2010
The Conversations: An Autumn Afternoon
And just like that, The Conversations is back! In this, the second of three editions of The Conversations this month, Ed Howard and I discuss Yasujiro Ozu's final film, 1962's An Autumn Afternoon, which of course inspires discussion of Ozu in general. After seeing eye to eye more often than not in our previous installment, on rock concert documentaries, this time around Ed and I found quite a bit to debate.
Is Ozu's photographic eye emotionally evocative, or just visually pleasing? Do his meticulous compositions serve the themes of his stories or stand apart from them? And what's the effect of Ozu's meticulousness on the acting? These are the kinds of things we grapple with in what is a relatively short edition of The Conversations. Our third installment this month will publish in less than two weeks, so head on over to The House Next Door and contribute to the discussion of An Autumn Afternoon.
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