Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Ozu the Ozarian

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ozu the Ozarian



I'm sure all you dorks out there have seen the Cinefile Director's shirts. They are awesome. Look at this Ozu design. How can you not buy this? If you're me it's unpossible. I am beyond cuckoo for t-shirts. Lame hobby but I collect them and I'm always on the lookout for the next "Marty McFly IS Teen Wolf" tier shirt. There just aren't that many out there. I've totally silkscreened myself into a corner. Anyway, so I buy the damn shirt and then start to feel poser-y about it. I've seen like one Ozu film and I enjoyed it at the time(like 4 years ago) but never got back to his movies. I remember Allan Arkush coming into the video store where I was working at the time and talking about how great Tokyo Story was. I think he mentioned Open City being badass as well. I've seen neither but I will! Anyway, so I remembered Paul Schrader had written a book that was either all about Ozu or all about Bresson. Or maybe it was a two-fer and they were both in there. I just had heard he was a fan of Tokyo Story. I really gotta watch that. Like tonight. It sounds quite similar to a Leo McCarey film I once heard Scorsese mention in an interview(I always seem to tuck that kind of stuff away). It's called Make Way For Tomorrow and it took me forever to track down a copy cause it's available nowhere. Anyway the point of all this is that the shirt made me watch a few more Ozu films. They were totally amazing. I watched Early Summer and Late Spring. Quietly powerful and heartcrushing. Especially Late Spring. I can't say enough how much they really got to me. I wish I could muster up the attention to watch some Bela Tarr movies. Cause that shirt is faaantastic...

2 comments:

bp said...

hey dude, nice blog.

i have my ozu shirt thanks to you. i've only seen one bela tarr movie but it took all day to watch.

ColtonSteigerwald0314 said...

很好啊..................................................

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