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Jul 3, 2020

We get to the first Ozu in our Setsuko Hara Acteurist Oeuvre-view at last, but first we look at Tadashi Ima's two-parter, Blue Mountain Range/Aoi sanmyaku (1949), a surprisingly fun movie that leads us to discuss Allied Occupation liberal propaganda, dating as a recent invention, why all men will want to have sex with Katharine Hepburn or Setsuko Hara in the future, and how a geisha is like John Wayne. Then we dig into the great Late Spring (1949), finding connections to Our Town and Little Women to explain Setsuko Hara's character and expressing our admiration for Chishū Ryū's poker face.


Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:          The Blue Mountains, Parts I & II (1949) aka: 續青い山脈’ [dir: Tadahi Imai]

0h 56m 42s:          Late Spring (1949) aka: 晩春 [dir. Yasujiro Ozu]


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