Melodrama Screening and Discussion, 23rd of February, 5-7pm, in Jarman 7

All are very welcome to join us for our next screening and discussion session, which will take place on the 23rd of February, 5-7pm, in Jarman 7.

Late springWe will be showing Michael’s choice, Late Spring (1949, Yasujiro Ozu, 108 mins).

Michael has very kindly provided the following introduction:

Once obscure, now fêted, Yasujirō Ozu directed comedies and melodramas that portrayed everyday life in post-war Japan. In Late Spring, Shukichi Somiya, a widower, lives with his daughter Noriko who takes care of their household. This domestic harmony is disrupted by the anxiety of Shukichi’s sister that Noriko ought to marry. Noriko is dismissive. She has become the double of her mother – even to the extent of a jealous disregard of her father finding a new companion. Shukichi is torn between his affection for Noriko and his realisation that since his loss he too has become dependent on his daughter. The stillness of Ozu’s style belies emotional undercurrents that lead to one of the most enigmatic shot sequences in the history of world cinema.

Do join us if you can, and please note that due to the film’s length we will be starting promptly.