Sunday, December 22, 1996

Ozu’s Late Autumn

San Francisco Art Institute

We finish the Fall season and 1996 with a screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s rarely seen Late Autumn (1960, 127 minutes), a great color masterwork from the director’s last years. The simplicity and purity of Ozu’s expression remains unique in cinema, and Late Autumn is a beautiful distillation of his subtle style and classic themes: three well-meaning businessmen set out to find suitable husbands for a dead friend’s widow and her lovely daughter, ignoring their sincere protestations that they are happy as they are.