The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 18 – Travels With Hiroshi Shimizu

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This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 15: Travels With Hiroshi Shimizu.

About the films:

Of all the directors who made names for themselves during the Japanese studio golden age of the 1930s, Hiroshi Shimizu was one of the most respected—and, today, one of the least well-known. A curious, compassionate storyteller who was fascinated by characters on the outskirts of society, Shimizu used his trademark graceful traveling shot to peek around the corners of contemporary Japan. In these four lyrical, beautifully filmed tales, concerning geisha, bus drivers, and masseurs, Shimizu journeys far and wide to find the makings of a modern nation.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction/Background (00:00:01 – 00:26:44)

Japanese Girls at the Harbor (00:26:45 – 00:47:40)

Mr. Thank You (00:47:41 – 01:07:17)

The Masseurs and a Woman (01:07:08 – 01:23:22)

Ornamental Hairpin (01:23:23 – 01:41:56)

Conclusion (01:41:57 – 01:50:15)

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Japanese Girls at the Harbor:

Mr. Thank You:

The Masseurs and a Woman:

Ornamental Hairpin:

Next time on the podcast: Eclipse Series 14: Rossellini’s History Films – Renaissance and Enlightenment

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David Blakeslee

David hosts the Criterion Reflections podcast, a series that reviews the films of the Criterion Collection in their chronological order of release. The series began in 2009 and those essays (covering the years 1921-1967) can be found via the website link provided below. In March 2016, the blog transferred to this site, and in August 2017, the blog changed over to a podcast format. David also contributes to other reviews and podcasts on this site. He lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan and works in social services. Twitter / Criterion Reflections