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Sunday, August 21 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 7: Kenji Mizoguchi to Satyajit Ray

Pushing boundaries seems to be the thread that ties the directors of our seventh day together. From Japanese innovators to Italian iconclasts and Polish provocateurs, the directors that fall between Kenji Mizoguchi and the man who was perhaps India's greatest visual storyteller, Satyajit Ray, all push the form in incredible, surprising ways.


Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.


Sunday, September 30 2007

The Face of Another Cinema: Classic and Modern Mirrors of Japan

Criterion captures three films directed jaggedly by Hiroshi Teshigahara, scripted enigmatically by novelist Kobo Abe, and scored unnervingly by Toru Takemitsu, and provides a welcome box of five films by Yasujiro Ozu.


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Thursday, January 2 2014

Yasujiro Ozu Explores the Cost of Eliminating Conflict

Criterion's Blu-ray re-release of Tokyo Story situates it in the context of Yasujiro Ozu's life and career, his most accessible work, yet one which still holds back secrets.


Thursday, April 18 2013

Hollywood Gangsters, Japanese Sensibilities: 'Yasujiro Ozu: The Gangster Films'

There's plenty to enjoy in this BFI collection of Yasujiro Ozu's three silent gangster films, not least the director’s entertaining take on the mythology of American crime cinema.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

Family Crisis in Yasujiro Ozu's 'Three Melodramas'

Director Yasujiro Ozu, the Japanese master of understatement, flirts with conventional melodrama in this exquisite trilogy.


Thursday, February 23 2012

'The Ozu Collection: The Student Comedies' Makes Us Nostalgic of Modernity

In this specific 2-disk DVD set, the BFI has compiled four rare films by Yasujiro Ozu plus a surviving fragment. The films belong to the genre of ‘The Student Comedies’, a genre which Ozu picked up from imported American films.


Thursday, May 19 2011

Yasujiro Ozu's 'Late Autumn' and 'An Autumn Afternoon'

Like a haiku with a rigid structure or a kimono-clad mother, these films are restrained and beautiful.


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Wednesday, November 2 2011

ReFramed No. 13: Yasujiro Ozu’s 'An Autumn Afternoon' (1962)

Across a 50-plus film career, Yasujiro Ozu managed a singularity of vision that is unmatched in the history of the medium. His thematic inclination coupled with perhaps the most effortlessly formalist visual aesthetic ever conceived marks his catalogue as one of a unified, personal vision.


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