Cinema: Painful Accuracy

AN AUTUMN by AFTERNOON Directed by YASUJIRO OZU Screenplay by KOGO NODA and YASUJIRO OZU

As he worked on his 53rd and last film in 1963, Yasujiro Ozu may or may not have known that he was near death from cancer. But An Autumn Afternoon has a feeling of firm, final wisdom and of almost transcendent serenity. It is a quiet film, but not a delicate one. The force of An Autumn Afternoon is inescapable, the strength of insights accumulated and stored over a lifetime, fully justifying Ozu's reputation as the most Japanese of all Japanese directors.

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