A young graduate can’t bring himself to accept a low-on-the-food-chain position at an office because he feels he’s overqualified; and the consequences of that decision. Mainly lost, surviving only in a 11 minute fragment.
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Impossible really to judge or rate a film on a bare 11 minutes of remaining footage, but I liked what I saw and have given Ozu the benefit of the doubt and 3 stars as it seems very similar to the other early silent Ozus I've enjoyed.
I don't know how to talk about this properly. Ozu is one of the best filmmakers of all time, and I feel what remains of I Graduated, But.... shows that we have lost what were probably some of his best films. What remains though, I don't really know how to grade. Hopefully a copy of the whole film will be discovered.
The eleven extant minutes yield a sample of the merits of Ozu's work, yet here at their most conventional. Ozu's admiration for American cinema is evident here too, towards the final shots. We can surmise that whatever reconciliation that is effected in the finale is already mediated by disappointments and dilemmas. The wife emerges as the voice of pragmatism in what is an economic climate ready to devour a graduate.