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"Passing Fancy" (1933)

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This was the first of a three film bundle at Turner Classic Movies last week. Yasujiro Ozu, famed for "setting the camera low in the frame, like an unwanted guest" and sober observations of life in post-World-War-II Japan had a different outlook on life in the 1930'a. (Note: Turn on English subtitles in the menu to "see the dialog".) He also preferred to "stay silent" long after others had converted to the  "talkies." The TCM presenter noted that this picaresque look at the working class poor was influenced by German films of the time. Yep, Sonny is a handful, trying his best to keep a nubile woman and his father apart.

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