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Donald Richie on Late Autumn:
"A daughter is reluctant to leave her widowed mother, even though it is time for her to marry. The story could be seen as a ‘remake’ of Late Spring – and though more autumnal, it is just as moving."
Among the earliest champions of the now-immortal director, Richie first introduced Yasujiro Ozu to the world with a retrospective at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1963, followed by a European tour of his films. Richie's book, Ozu (University of California Press, 1974), illuminated Ozu’s uniquely serene style and went on to bring him international recognition.
A thoughtful and charming late work by Ozu, Late Autumn revisits the premise of Late Spring (1949), in which a daughter refuses to marry in order to take care of her single parent, and implements some subtle but powerful changes. Having played the part of the daughter in the earlier film, the beautiful Setsuko Hara returns in Late Autumn as the widowed mother, making a poignant connection that movingly speaks to the passing of time and to children growing up to be parents.
Director, writer and producer Atsushi Funahashi, who is currently making a documentary on Ozu for NHK, will introduce the film.
This screening, part of Richie's Fantastic Five: A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1, will be taking place on the 110th anniversary of Ozu’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his passing. It will be followed by an Ozu birthday celebration reception.
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