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Big screen classics

An Autumn Afternoon

Samna no aji

A becalmed masterpiece from Yasujiro Ozu.

Image from An Autumn Afternoon

Japan 1962
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
English subtitles
Certificate PG

The Japanese title of Ozu’s final film – meaning ‘The Taste of Mackerel Pike’ – alludes only indirectly to autumn, but this becalmed masterpiece does feel autumnal with its tale of an elderly widower persuaded by friends that his daughter should marry; like him, she’s very aware that leaving home would increase his loneliness. Witty yet poignant, the film boasts an exquisitely muted colour palette.


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