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Aug 28, 2020

This episode of our Acteurist Oeuvre-view of Setsuko Hara (with English subs) features our first Naruse, REPAST (1951), and the movie generally considered “Ozu's masterpiece” (as if there were only one), TOKYO STORY (1953). We debate whether REPAST is housewife propaganda or the STARSHIP TROOPERS of domestic reunion dramas, and ask whether a cat can be like a husband, or a husband like a cat. Then we dig into TOKYO STORY, comparing it to the more comedic EARLY SUMMER, and trying to get a handle on the later film's vision of family and of humanity. We also discuss the meaning of Noriko's attitude of renunciation and enigmatic cri de coeur.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:       Repast (1951) [dir. Mikio Naruse]  

0h 31m 32s:       Tokyo Story (1953) [dir. Yasujiro Ozu]



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