Ozu, Emotion and Poetry: An Introduction with Tony Rayns

As part of the BFI Southbank Yasujiro Ozu retrospective, eminent writer and critic Tony Rayns discusses the roots and character of the distinctive Ozu style. Encompassing his formative years as a youth in the Japanese countryside, his first steps into the film industry and the subsequent reception of his work in the west, this illustrated talk reveals how the life of Yasujiro Ozu infused the style of his films. Drawing on a large amount of Ozu’s surviving work from 1929 to the 1960s, Rayns successfully highlights and analyses stylistic nuances within the films that can be attributed to Ozu’s life experiences or simply to his unique talents as a master filmmaker of his time.


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