An Autumn Afternoon (35mm)
Dir. Yasujirô (1962); Japan, 133m
Starring: Chisû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
Japanese with English subtitles
Programmed by: Amelia Eichler 

FRIDAY, November 8th at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, November 9th at 7:00pm
SUNDAY, November 10th at 3:00PM

An Autumn Afternoon is Ozu’s tender farewell film and the last of the family dramas he so beautifully directed. The film focuses on a widower Shuhei (Chishu Ryu) who feels obligated to find a suitor for his daughter Michiko (Shima Iwashita). He begins to resign to the changes around him in a world that is rapidly modernizing. The film represents many of the themes that Ozu spent his life trying to capture on celluloid: loneliness, family, and marriage. The slow pace of the film, natural acting, and static camera allow us to see the changes in the family’s fixed existence. The film is therapeutic in it’s message about life: things change and we carry on the best we can.