The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 28 – Silent Ozu: Three Crime Dramas

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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 42: Silent Ozu – Three Crime Dramas

About the films:

The great Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu is best known for the stately, meditative domestic dramas he made after World War II. But during his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, he put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films about the hopes, dreams, and loves of small-time crooks. Heavily influenced in narrative and visual style by the American films that Ozu adored, these movies are revelatory early examples of his cinematic genius, accompanied here by new piano scores by Neil Brand.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction/Background (00:00:01 – 00:22:10)

Walk Cheerfully (00:22:11 – 00:51:19)

That Night’s Wife (00:51:20 – 01:17:24)

Dragnet Girl (01:17:25 – 01:37:34)

Conclusion (01:37:35 – 01:50:23)

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Next time on the podcast: Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder

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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