Silent Cinema presents: I Was Born, But...
+ intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI National Archive curator
Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo
An acutely observed, perfectly paced family drama from the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu.
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Hideo Sugawara, Mitsuko Yoshikawa
With live musical accompaniment
One of the world’s best-loved silent films, Ozu’s deceptively simple family drama is very funny without precisely being a comedy. It has that indefinable verisimilitude that characterises the work of the best writers and directors. Subtitled ‘A picture-book for grown-ups’, it tells of generational conflict from a child’s point of view; acutely observed, perfectly paced, and packing a real emotional punch.