Review of Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (1932)

Moving picture, 92 minutes

Ozu Yasujirō (director).

Seen in 2018.

Silent. The subject is well chosen but the tonal contrast between the beginning and ending is too severe. Curiously, a couple of Ozu’s pillow shots here contain people but are framed to exclude their faces, dehumanizing them as parts of the environment. It’s a failed prototype.

References here: “Memories of Lost Landscapes: On Genzaburō Yoshino’s Kimitachi wa Dō Ikiruka (2006).

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