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Ozu: The Student Comedies

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A collection of silent movies from Director YasujirĂ´ Ozu

From the outset of Ozu’s career, these four-and-a-bit silent movies (one is just an 11-minute fragment) present a startlingly different view of the director most of us know from his later works (Tokyo Story et al).

Slapstick, farcical jokes, a camera that delights in panning and tracking, an open admiration for the work of Borzage and Harold Lloyd…

Yet now and then, a hint of melancholia underlying the gags foreshadows what’s to come. With one exception, prints are scuffed and fogged, but there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 20th 2012
  • Director