The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 60 – Late Ozu [Part 3]

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 final episode of a three-part series (and perhaps the podcast itself), David and Trevor are joined by Matt Gasteier to discuss two films (Late Autumn and The End of Summer) from Eclipse Series 3: Late Ozu.

About the films:

Master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu directed fifty-three feature films over the course of his long career. Yet it was in the final decade of his life, his “old master” phase, that he entered his artistic prime. Centered more than ever on the modern sensibilities of the younger generation, these delicate family dramas are marked by an exquisite formal elegance and emotional sensitivity about birth and death, love and marriage, and all the accompanying joys and loneliness. Along with such better-known films as Floating Weeds and An Autumn Afternoon, these five works illustrate the worldly wisdom of one of cinema’s great artists at the height of his powers.

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… And before I wrap this up, I’d like to take a moment to thank Rob Nishimura and Trevor Berrett for being great podcasting partners in their respective stints in that role, and for providing their editing skills so that all I had to do was sit back and talk. Also gotta give credit to Rob and my son Brandon Blakeslee for brilliantly handling the graphic design chores in creating the logos, headers and feature images. Lots of love to all of our guests who graciously enhanced our conversations over the past five years:

And finally, my sincere appreciation for everyone who’s dropped us a comment, passed along a link, told their cinephile friends about our podcast or just sent us the occasional good vibes and note of encouragement in any way. I’m really glad we got the chance to connect and I am eager to continue on with new projects, very soon!

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