Late Autumn (1960) by Yasujiro Ozu

Sunday, December 18, 1988, 8:00 pm

A Rare Ozu Masterwork: Late Autumn

Late Autumn (1960) by Yasujiro Ozu, 127 min. color


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Late Autumn is one of the master Japanese director’s last films, a beautiful example of his subtle use of color and even further distilled classical style. The plot is a markedly dissimilar, elegiac variant of his earlier Late Spring: three well-meaning businessmen set out to find suitable husbands for a dead friend’s widow and her lovely daughter, ignoring their protestations of happiness as they are. “People sometimes complicate the simplest things. Life, which seems complex, suddenly reveals itself as very simple — and I wanted to show that in this film.” — Y.O.