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Yasujiro Ozu

I recently watched Yasujir┼Ź Ozu's Equinox Flower (1958), and I thought this was a good opportunity to post some stills from a couple of Ozu movies. He is one of my favorite directors, and his films occasionally find their way into some of my work.

From Floating Weeds (1959):

From Late Spring (1949):

While I find his premises and plots to be dated and sometimes tedious (lots of daughters passively caring for aging fathers and low-grade squabbling between couples), his movies are visual poetry. Most of the stills below are from my favorite of his movies, Floating Weeds, as well as Equinox Flower and An Autumn Afternoon (1962).


101 Dalmations

I watched Disney's 1961 101 Dalmations this afternoon and my suspicions were confirmed; this movie is less for children and more for artists and animators to drool over. It's a celebration of the 1950s magazine and book illustration aesthetic. The colors are striking as well; they go from bright rainbow hues to sad grays to angry reds as the mood of the movie changes. Exquisite stuff! I've posted a bunch of stills below.