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Nov 6, 2020

Our penultimate Setsuko Hara Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode sees us examining Ozu's antepenultimate and penultimate films, Late Autumn (1960) and The End of Summer (1961), in both of which she plays a character named Akiko. We then launch into an extended consideration of the meaning of her Noriko/Akiko character in Ozu's films, including a discussion of the effect of Hara's absence on Ozu's final film, An Autumn Afternoon (1962), an “alternate universe” reprise of Late Spring. We revisit the most enigmatic Noriko, the Noriko of Tokyo Story, which leads us to consider the theme of loneliness and the difficulty of connecting in Ozu's postwar films. 

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s: Late Autumn (1960; dir: Yasujiro Ozu)

0h 45m 43s: The End of Summer (1961; dir: Yasujiro Ozu)


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