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Cine Gazing: Early Spring by Yasujirō Ozu (1956)

DoP: Yûharu Atsuta

Preceding Malle's «Ascenceur pour l'échafaud» as well as Truffaut's «Les Quatre cent coups» by two years, Early Spring foreshadowed the move towards the intimate, quotidian microcosmic film narratives that would become the keystone of the European "New Wave" cinematic movements of the 1960's; effectively washing over the traditional storytelling styles and themes; and moreover, quintessentially redefine the quality of acting, the type of stories told, push the boundaries of the medium and renew the visual presentation of mainstream films from then on out. But every fire has a spark. And watching Early Spring as well as other later Ozu works, it doesn't take much to see that they provided many sparks of brilliance that helped feed that nascent, revolutionary fire. 

The use of gaze, how it is averted, how it is cast, is outstanding in its complexities and how beautifully it's used to add another layer of narrative and emotional conveyance. The phrase "subtle yet palpable" best describes these visual cues. It's a thing of beauty, like witnessing an harmonious, impromptu dance, or a seemingly-perfect asymmetric composition. Yasujirō Ozu is one of my favorite directors and Early Spring is a good example as to the stories he chooses to tell and how he chooses to tell them that is so special and touching in the beauty.

N.B.: Running commentary captions included. May contain spoilers. 

The morning after their illicit rendezvous, she gazes at him bewitched by the gauzy glowing blur cast by post-coital bliss.

The morning after their illicit rendezvous, she gazes at him bewitched by the gauzy glowing blur cast by post-coital bliss.

He gazes, realizing he has lost the enthusiasm of her admiration. 

He gazes, realizing he has lost the enthusiasm of her admiration. 

Here, a loveless marriage where the parties cannot even bear to face one another. 

Here, a loveless marriage where the parties cannot even bear to face one another. 

The death of wifehood is welcomed, staring blankly upwards, on a lonely night full of doubt, suspicion, and resentment. 

The death of wifehood is welcomed, staring blankly upwards, on a lonely night full of doubt, suspicion, and resentment. 

A conclusion of sorts is established by looking at one another; signifing the split of two separate individual lives bridged by the unspoken bond of shared memories.

A conclusion of sorts is established by looking at one another; signifing the split of two separate individual lives bridged by the unspoken bond of shared memories.

SWEET FRAMES,  SIR MICHAEL CAINE!  
  1965 : As spy  Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File , tortoise-shell paste curved rectangular glasses.  Style:   "Yvan" by Curry & Paxton, Ltd. of London . Inspiration:  "Teviot 74" by UK Optical. (   Source   )  
 Throughout the last 50 years, Michael Caine has served the world thousands of his signature super cool/blasé glances. The best ones, have been amplified by one of the plethora of rad spectacles he has sported throughout his life. So, I’ve decided to have a weekly feature, entitled  "Sweet frames, Michael Caine!"  As someone who has needed to wear corrective glasses practically all of my life, I’m inspired and empowered to accept my refractive issues by those who seriously look amazing in their frames.  Thanks,  Four-Eyes Caine … 
  About the frame:   This guy  has cool trivia about the Harry Palmer movies.  Maybe true, maybe not: still interesting.  It includes that although the actual frames sold at auction probably were custom, they were fashioned after  an inexpensive model that, although not free of charge under the National Health System coverage, could be fitted with the free standard-issue lenses.  He also claims, MC broke 3 pairs of glasses during production of Ipcress File; and, the Harry Palmer is the first lead character in an action film to wear glasses. Badass.   
 Those socialists from the Sixties, they thought they were so cool with their cool cheap glasses. I’d rather take my vast choice of 4 private-insurance covered models: the leisurely  "Morty Seinfelds,  the thrifty  "Frank Constanzas,"  the utilitarian “ Dwight Shrutes”   or the flirty “ Dawn Weiners " any day, because that’s what freedom is all about. 
 Stay tuned for next Monday’s installment!

SWEET FRAMES,  SIR MICHAEL CAINE!

1965: As spy Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File, tortoise-shell paste curved rectangular glasses. Style: "Yvan" by Curry & Paxton, Ltd. of London. Inspiration: "Teviot 74" by UK Optical. (Source)

Throughout the last 50 years, Michael Caine has served the world thousands of his signature super cool/blasé glances. The best ones, have been amplified by one of the plethora of rad spectacles he has sported throughout his life. So, I’ve decided to have a weekly feature, entitled "Sweet frames, Michael Caine!" As someone who has needed to wear corrective glasses practically all of my life, I’m inspired and empowered to accept my refractive issues by those who seriously look amazing in their frames.  Thanks, Four-Eyes Caine

About the frame: This guy has cool trivia about the Harry Palmer movies. Maybe true, maybe not: still interesting. It includes that although the actual frames sold at auction probably were custom, they were fashioned after an inexpensive model that, although not free of charge under the National Health System coverage, could be fitted with the free standard-issue lenses. He also claims, MC broke 3 pairs of glasses during production of Ipcress File; and, the Harry Palmer is the first lead character in an action film to wear glasses. Badass.  

Those socialists from the Sixties, they thought they were so cool with their cool cheap glasses. I’d rather take my vast choice of 4 private-insurance covered models: the leisurely "Morty Seinfelds, the thrifty "Frank Constanzas," the utilitarian “Dwight Shrutes”  or the flirty “Dawn Weiners" any day, because that’s what freedom is all about.

Stay tuned for next Monday’s installment!