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Ozu: His Life and Films

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"Substantially the book that devotees of the director have been waiting for: a full-length critical work about Ozu's life, career and working methods, buttressed with reproductions of pages from his notebooks and shooting scripts, numerous quotes from co-workers and Japanese critics, a great many stills and an unusually detailed filmography."--Sight and Sound

Yasujiro Ozu,
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 15th 1977 by University of California Press (first published 1974)
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Apr 25, 2012 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Richie's book on Yasujiro Ozu is less opulent but richer than his book on Kurosawa. This may be because Ozu's work fits so well into the kind of Japanese cultural analysis that Richie does so brilliantly. Instead of going film by film, the book is divided into sections describing Ozu's approach to creating a film. Hence, there are sections on script, shooting and editing.

There is also a brief survey of all his films at the end of the book that is woven into a biography of the director. Very valu
Sep 14, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of dark film theaters
Donald Richie and Ozu. A perfect combination. A great book length study on the great Japanese filmmaker. Richie did a remarkable job in nailing down what is great about Ozu's work. Essential.
Steve Leach
Nov 02, 2010 Steve Leach rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film-studies
Going through another Ozu phase and wanted to reread this thorough guide as I watched and rewatched the movies.
Ericpegnam Pegnam
Jun 27, 2009 Ericpegnam Pegnam rated it it was amazing
the best book on Japanese film I've ever read. Ozu's style and career lend themselves to Donald Richie's precise analysis. Highly recommended for people who love OZU.
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Jan 07, 2013 Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, film, criticism
Donald Richie's Ozu (1977) is a seminal look at one of Japan's and the world's greatest directors. Recently, the British film magazine Sight & Sound ranked his masterpiece, Tokyo Story, as the greatest film of all-time. The book is divided into several sections and after the "Preface" in which Richie discusses Yasujiro Ozu's reputation as the most Japanese of their directors, he launches into the "Introduction," which identifies the elements that comprise an Ozu film: the low tatami view (al ...more
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Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.

During World War II, he served aboard Liberty ships as a purser and medical officer. By then he had alrea
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