Nov. 14 — film, “End of Summer” — DFM Japan film series

Screenings times: Wednesdays, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Perry 240
Contact: Professor Huixia Lu, hlu@champlain.edu

End of Summer

(1961, Ozu) – 103 mins, color     View trailer below.

Link to full DFM Japan film series

Read more about the filmmaker below.

This semester’s screenings focus on the work of the three masters before and after WWII. Each auteur had a distinguished style. Their body of work will expose the audience to a variety of themes and cinematic expressions, set in the historical context of certain times in Japan. There will be discussions after each film.

Note: The films and schedules are subject to change.

About Yasujiro Ozu:
Yasujiro Ozu has often been called the “most Japanese” of Japan’s great directors. From 1927, the year of his debut for Shochiku studios, to 1962, when, a year before his death at age sixty, he made his final film, Ozu consistently explored the rhythms and tensions of a country trying to reconcile modern and traditional values, especially as played out in relations between the generations. Though he is best known for his sobering 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story, the apex of his portrayals of the changing Japanese family, Ozu began his career in the thirties, in a more comedic, though still socially astute, mode, with such films as I Was Born, But . . . He then gradually mastered the domestic drama during the war years and afterward, employing both physical humor and distilled drama. His trademark rigorous style—static shots, often from the vantage point of someone sitting low on a tatami mat; patient pacing; moments of transcendence as represented by the isolated beauty of everyday objects—has been enormously influential among directors seeking a cinema of economy and poetry.

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