A HEN IN THE WIND (Yasujiro Ozu, 1948)

Postwar human devastation and national tragedy: Yasujiro Ozu’s Kaze no naka no mendori mines a vein that looks back to his silent Woman of Tokyo (1933) and ahead to his Tokyo Twilight (1957). An upstairs boarder in Tokyo’s bleak, industrial, working-class outskirts, Tokiko Amamiya (Kinuyo Tanaka, Kenji Mizoguchi’s future star, wonderful) struggles to survive and […]

100 GREATEST FILMS FROM THE SOVIET UNION, RUSSIA, UKRAINE AND EASTERN EUROPE, PART II

This is the second half of the list. The first half is elsewhere on this site. 1969 52. THE FRUIT OF PARADISE. Ovoce stromu rajskych jime, Věra Chytilová’s follow-up to Daisies (see 1966), is prefaced by an experimental film based on Genesis. Superimpositions (to which are applied quick camera zigs and zags) evoke an Eden […]