"Tokyo Story (1953)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

This delightful, powerfully and at the same time subtly taking for a living picture, not a high-profile prizes awarded, consistently ranked in the top ten (or even in the top three) the greatest films in the history of cinema according to various critics and filmmakers - and perfectly clear why. Leo McCarey inspired by the film "Make Way for Tomorrow" an absolute masterpiece of Yasujiro Ozu Oriental thoughtfully and slowly reveals so much so that many of them will not be enough and a few movies. Here, most clearly illustrated not only the old age with its indispensable hardship and loneliness, but also distancing children from their parents, and hardness of heart, which is an indispensable companion careerists of the big city, and the lack of understanding of generations with reflections on humanity. Most importantly, Ozu does not tend to fall into some sort of tragic pathos and does not accept contrasts: the children of an elderly couple not withdrawn some unambiguous villains, and the old man's loss is accentuated dramatic pressure. These story lines are maintained on a single principle - just the sum life, and there's nothing you can do about it. Children grow, and they develop their own children, who are also ever flutter from the nest. Old people get sick and doomed to lose each other, when the "happily ever after" does not always end in one day and someone has to wait for the end by himself, listening to the ticking of a clock. And outside at this time of the train running, sailing ships and rushing somewhere people. Spring, summer, autumn, winter, and spring again.
But Ozu thus does not seek to dispassionate observation, as it may seem. Yes, the events in the film, seemingly unimportant, the actors are very limited in the emotional spectrum, and the camera as much as possible is static and is very low - the so-called "frame at the level of the mat," welcome, invented by the director and which allows to turn the viewer not so much to witness how in conversation. That's just from these minor events develops so much that you know - it is in these everyday scenes perfectly reveals the people themselves and the relationships between them. In observation of the relentless rotation of Life Circle sounds wrench. And to the restraint with which are present on the screen actors, sometimes betrays a strong drama, which is sometimes difficult to convey in a storm of emotions. There's enough of that sad smile on the faces of the old men to understand what they hide of their courtesy, politeness and reluctance to interfere with the children, it could hardly contain the pain of loneliness and the bitter realization that your journey is about to end, the mission in the world is made. But even though Ozu in the final dialogue between Noriko and the youngest daughter of the elderly, Kiyoko, is trying once again to emphasize that there are no bad people and bad deeds, just so over time, becoming, he, nevertheless, full of optimism. Let everything that happens in life is not always for the better, is the love of my family and good, capable of true compassion heart - the most important thing in a man
10 of 10.

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