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Ozu, Ranked

by Sean Harmer
An incomplete ranking of the Ozu films I’ve seen so far. “Ozu is considered one of the greatest directors of all time. There is a wide appreciation of his technical style, aesthetics, and themes. He is well known for his technical style and narrative content. Marriage and family, especially the relationships between the generations, are among the themes in his work. He did not conform to Hollywood conventions. Also, rather than using the typical over-the-shoulder shots in his dialogue scenes, the camera gazes on the actors directly, which has the effect of placing the viewer in the middle of the scene. He would use direct cuts instead of… Read more

An incomplete ranking of the Ozu films I’ve seen so far.

“Ozu is considered one of the greatest directors of all time. There is a wide appreciation of his technical style, aesthetics, and themes. He is well known for his technical style and narrative content. Marriage and family, especially the relationships between the generations, are among the themes in his work. He did not conform to Hollywood conventions. Also, rather than using the typical over-the-shoulder shots in his dialogue scenes, the camera gazes on the actors directly, which has the effect of placing the viewer in the middle of the scene. He would use direct cuts instead of typical transitions between scenes, Ozu moved the camera less and less as his career progressed and ceased using tracking shots altogether in his color films. He made great use of ellipsis, where many events are not depicted visually, and he also used a style of cinematography in which the camera rarely moves and is usually positioned below the eye level of the actors.”

Japanese Cinema
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