Friday, February 17, 2017

Late Spring(1949)- by Yasujirō Ozu

Written by Noureddine Boukhsibi , a Moroccan film critic

Some cinematic genres that live up to the rare artifacts and impress   cinema-goers is  "Late Spring"  (1949) by  Yasujirō Ozu . The great Japanese film director , Yasujirō Ozu (1903-1963) is one of these tapes who makes the difference .

 Of consistently Yasujirō Ozu, which is considered by a cinematic Taiwanese "Hou Hsiao-Hsyanj" truly as  cinematic mathematically mathématicien, creature that formulates and arranges things carefully, as if he were engaged in an interview for the game of chess,

      Yasujirō Ozu sculpts filmfilming  just like a geoligian who digs carefully the earth to uncover truth . In the first level Ozu provides superficially simple story level, and  often tackles levels of  family, the past,and generational conflict ... but it's soon to reveal the level of my more authentic and deeper with a succession of scenes and shots, draw up at the end of the tape.

      Away from the free pseudo-emotions, Ozu is distributed to a large film lapsed coldly and calculatedwith  the beauty of the utmost precision, taking figures of his films in clashes of quiet  dialog , but harsh, revealing a great sense of  creative aspects of dark depths of human beings .

      But this exposure is achieved through a game and consecutive confusions  overtones where the language of life mixed with the language of the picture .. no meaning to life when Ozu outside positioning of the image or in isolation from what look from here or there. And the definition of image has remained permanently on the ground level. In his film"Late Spring" stand in the surface layer of the story when the story of a girl who lives with her father, . The girl refuses to  marry in the beginning, and cling to stay along with her father and dedicated her life in his love and service. While his father urges her to marry revealing his personal desire to marry in turn. Finally, the girl changed her mind .. give in to her father's position and agree to marry the person of one's choice.

     While the story seems painful to some extent, the story of separation and harsh farewell between a father and his only daughter, Ozu displays them on the sidelines as usual, coldly and in an amazing calm. Behind it captures the great humanitarian Ozu creative and exact his sense of the paradox of human existence in the aspect of the relationship of human happiness. Noriko , her daughter , says addressing her father: "I am happy here..staying with you and near you. I do not want to get away from you .... the girl  loves him, while their father confirms that happiness is created by the will of love lurking in the depths of the human. But the father admits in a moment of harsh thought : "When you have a girl, if she did not marry then it is a problem, and if  she is  married then it is also a problem" ... Ozu is creative at picking ironic existentialism with difficulty..In his film "Tokyo Story" (1953) recognizes that the father, after he  is disappointed by  his sons, admits to his friend, saying: "when we lose our children we are unhappy, and when they remain alive , they  move away from us" .. the irony seems to level the apparent simple social paradox or unusual, but in depth the paradox of life gives no solution As long as the essence of  humain existence . as long as we can not change, but we can not surrender to them, or at best accepted at the lowest possible losses ..

      But Cinema of  Ozu is above  the spiritual of  beauty of cinema. Ozu celebrates the image as if we are in a procession to love rare angels. Wim Vinders says that Ozu is the biggest filmmaker in the history of cinema .. The status of the harsh human life, and is the status of the inevitable inescapable, do not prevent the celebration of the beautiful image and beautiful upscale art. So Ozu in "late spring", as in  his most other films, uses plastic plates in the very consistency and  optical precision , flow pretty smoothly through intercut scenes .  Ozu depicts his cinema between slow and depth to build beautiful scenes that reminds us of  Bergman and Antonioni and Tarckovski.

       Ozu does not care too much of cinematic structure  and  plot fragmented, the more they pay attention to small details of his care, the footage that monitor the vacuum and the silence that goes to the depth of things in simple language and  dialogue is far from theoretical language that we find usually in the cinema of filmmakers such as Pasolini and Godard .
      But this transcendent beauty that celebrates  Ozu  is also reflected by his choice of representatives. Heroine of the movie "Late Spring" is represented by Japanese Setseko Hara, a deposit actress seems to come to life with great joy through her smile. The beauty of his actress is the beauty of spiritual rare in cinema .

  "Late Spring" begins to meet the liturgical majestic group of women in a meeting at intimate ritual of Japanese heritage . Ozu  captures these feminist circle as if we are within  the devotional, but after a trip with the girl, Noriko through the succession of scenes, downhill towards the necessary social inevitability of accepting to marry against her will,  Ozu get us across the mosaic  and variety of visuals that are focused where especially to monitor spaces of the  familiar,  it get us trip finally to a cruel end. This is the fundamental confusion that  Ozu  oushes inside .