Wednesday, October 5, 2011

207. Ozu Films #25-27 (1932-1933)

25. Seishun no yume im aizuko (Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth) (10/13/32) (ca. 90 min.) [Silent B&W {acc. to Richie, Shochiku negative exists, but the film has never been commercially released -- clip of 4:31 here}]

The shooting of "I Was Born, But..." was interrupted when one of the children was hurt and this film was hastily prepared. Four boys have graduated college. Three of them eventually have to ask the fourth, the son of a company president, for jobs. He, in turn, gets one of their girls.
  • The clip features Saitô Tatsuo and has a clean, bright look to it.
26. Mata au hi made (Until the Day We Meet Again) (11/24/32) (ca. 110 min.) [Sound B&W NEP]
  • Ozu's first sound film; albeit music and effects only (no dialogue).
An atypical story, a romantic melodrama about a prostitute in love with a boy whose father dislikes her; it takes place during the night before the young man must leave for the army.

27. Tôkyô no onna (Woman of Tokyo) (2/9/33)
(ca. 70 min.) [Sound (music/effects) B&W Existing Shochiku print but no commercial release; clip of beginning 7:52 here.]

A girl works hard to put her younger brother through school only to have him kill himself when he learns that she has financed his education by becoming a prostitute.
  • Filmed in eight days.
  • The clip shows two scenes: first the brother and sister at home; she gives him money for his school tuition. Next, she is at work, a typist. A policeman interviews her bosses -- who praise her work -- but seems to get suspicious when they tell him that she also works for a professor as a translator "till late at night." The clip ends.


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