What Did The Lady Forget? (1937) by Yasujiro Ozu

Thursday, February 20, 1986, 8:00 pm

The Early Film of Yasujiro Ozu (II)


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

The second program of this mini-retrospective features Ozu’s transition to sound film. Throughout the ’30s, Ozu used both melodrama and comedy as frames for his interest in the lives of ordinary working people. These earlier works have an expansive, kinetic quality absent from his later, more formalized films.

An Inn at Tokyo (1935, silent, with music accompaniment) tells the story of an unemployed factory worker who takes to the road with his 2 sons after being abandoned by his wife. What Did The Lady Forget? (1937, sound) is a splendid comedy on the foibles of Tokyo’s bourgeoisie.