An Autumn Afternoon

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In Brief: It has been said that Yasujirô Ozu’s films are all the same, and while that’s a thematically valid point, it’s not technically true. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his final film, An Autumn Afternoon (1962), which is essentially a reworking of his 1949 film Late Spring. They have similar plots, the same star (Chishû Ryû) playing variations on the same character, and the tone is much the same — though not exactly. This is also a less overtly emotional film, a more resigned work — one that seems to accept the changes in society (an Ozu constant) as not merely inevitable, but quite possibly for the better. Strangely compelling and indescribably sad in its sense of longing for so many things. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on Feb. 14, 2012.
Genre: Drama
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Starring: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada, Teruo Yoshida
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present An Autumn Afternoon on Friday, May 25, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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