Ozu and Setsuko Hara By Donald Richie
Ikiru Many Autumns Later By Pico Iyer
Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye By Robert Polito
The Los Angeles–based film writer Sam Wasson—who recently contributed an interview with The Fugitive Kind producer Richard Shepherd to the Current—turned up this week in the most delightfully unlikely of places: Maureen Dowd’s New York Times op-ed column. The two were exchanging friendly e-mails about the dearth of good (nay, watchable) contemporary Hollywood romantic comedies, which prompted Dowd to wonder, “Where are new Sturgeses and Lubitsches?” Read Wasson’s response, and the whole witty back-and-forth, which also touches on the tyranny of Jennifers, the legend of Jill Clayburgh, and how bad romantic comedies may be doing actual damage to real-world couplehood.