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Nov 24, 2023

For our Ozu Noir-vember Special Subject, we look at three silent films by Yasujirō OzuWalk Cheerfully (1930), That Night's Wife (1930), and Dragnet Girl (1933), that not only bear a fascinating relationship to each other but also seemingly inaugurate the gangster film in Japan and anticipate (we argue) American film noir more closely even than French poetic realism, as well as the Nouvelle Vague. Join us as we marvel at Ozu's rapid evolution as a stylist and storyteller in the space of three years, and stick around to listen to our Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment on Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon

Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:      WALK CHEERFULLY (1930) [dir. Yasujiro Ozu]

0h 23m 49s:      THAT NIGHT’S WIFE (1930) [dir. Yasujiro Ozu]

0h 37m 54s:      DRAGNET GIRL (1934) [dir. Yasujiro Ozu]

1h 01m 53s:      Fear & Moviegoing in Toronto – Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon (2023) 


* Listen to our guest episode on The Criterion Project – a discussion of Late Spring

* Marvel at our meticulously ridiculous Complete Viewing Schedule for the 2020s

* Intro Song: “Sunday” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra with the Keller Sisters (courtesy of The Internet Archive)

* Read Elise’s piece on Gangs of New York “Making America Strange Again”

* Check out Dave’s Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project! 

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