Best of… Series – 1932 – I Was Born, But…

I Was Born, But… (Yasujiro Ozu, 1932)

Both exactly what I needed to watch and exactly what I didn’t need to watch at this point in my life. All of my fears and excitements pushed to the forefront. If I ever want to remember what it’s like to have my heart touched and be punched in the gut at the same time, I’ll come here. Funny, endearing, heartbreaking, and real. I’ve see two Ozu silents now and they are both as good as those he’s most famous for. With or without sound, Ozu’s camera placement is still perfect – using a mix of ground-level shots and poetic sweeping movements. I couldn’t help but be brought into this world and live right next to the simple, yet meticulously crafted characters. (Sorry, this ‘review’ won’t mean much to many but me.)  9/10


2 Responses to “Best of… Series – 1932 – I Was Born, But…”

  1. Your review still conveys the range of emotions the film conveys and the devastating power that I know Ozu is capable of!

    I just watched my first Ozu film a few weeks back — Tokyo Story — I loved it! But, was unable to put my thoughts in a review — happens sometimes 😉 I’ll have to check this one out.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Tokyo Story is one of my favorite Ozu’s. One of the rare times a director’s most famous work is actually one of his best (at least in my experience).

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