Keisuke Kinoshita’s poignant Morning for the Osone Family looks at grief over World War II from the perspective of one Japanese family. Shot immediately following the country’s surrender, when directors like Kinoshita were no longer under the thumb of wartime government censorship, the film was a direct indictment of the nation’s imperialist efforts. This emotional film, now available for the first time on DVD in our new Eclipse set Kinoshita and World War II, begins with a beauty of a scene, set at Christmas, in which we are introduced to the Osones singing a Japanese-language version of “Silent Night.” It’s a moment of heavenly peace before the family is torn apart by war.
Why Swing Time Is the Greatest of All Dance Films
In this excerpt from an interview on our new edition of the Astaire-Rogers classic, dance critic Brian Seibert explains how beautifully and cleverly the film integrates dance into the structure of a romantic-comedy plot.
A Moody Meditation from the Set of Blue Velvet
In a rarely seen documentary about David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece, the director and his star, Isabella Rossellini, give their candid impressions about the creative journey they’ve embarked on together.