Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Women of Tokyo

Ozu, 1933.

Screened October 2nd at the NWFF, with a live score performed by the Wayne Horvitz Jazz Ensemble.


A nice little melodrama, but my least favorite Ozu so far by a fair margin. At 47 minutes, things move at a steady clip. Actually, the arc of the story is spare enough that the story itself moves at a slow to moderate pace. It's the quickness of the camera I object to. Shots that normally would linger thoughtfully are over in a couple seconds. This is less than satisfying for those accostumed to Ozu's pacing. I was utterly baffled by the non-sequitor final scene with the annoying reporters walking down the street.

I'd rate my experience well higher than a 6, however due to the marvelous live score, written specifically for the film by the performing musicians. NWFF rocks.

How was Wayne Horvitz?
Very cool. He played piano, with bass, vibes, bassoon and lotsa snare drums. It was a great score; should've been anachronistic but it fit the film quite well. They kept it pretty low key; they were clearly there to accompany the film and not draw too much attention to themselves.
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