Courtesy of the Criterion Collection
Of the many excellent releases coming soon from the Criterion Collection, I’m particularly excited about these upcoming special editions. Allen Baron’s rugged, spare post-noir Blast of Silence (1961) is a tiny, roughly hewn film that bleeds despair from every seedy minute of its terse runtime. To contrast the loneliness and sorrow of that films, one can take a dose of a new boxset on the Eclipse label, Silent Ozu: Three Family Comedies, which include Tokyo Chorus (1931), I Was Born But… (1932), which is one of my all time favorite films, and Passing Fancy (1933). I welcome the chance to finally see more from Ozu’s earlier period, which can be quite different from his more well-known 1940s and 1950s work, but just as good.