Over the course of their legendary thirty-five year creative partnership, director Yasujiro Ozu and screenwriter Kogo Noda together conceived twenty-seven films, many of them masterpieces. Their long, close collaboration—which produced such gently profound, internationally celebrated family portraits as Late Spring (1949) and Tokyo Story (1953)—grew out of both a shared cinematic sensibility and a natural friendship. In the above clip—taken from a supplement on our brand-new edition of The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, the sublime marital drama Ozu and Noda made the year before Tokyo Story—filmmaker Daniel Raim examines the working relationship between the two men, whose daily habits were as simpatico as their instincts for writing dialogue. “Noda takes a morning nap, and so do I; I drink to sleep, and so does he,” said Ozu, whose words Raim reads here in voice-over. “Noda and I have the same physiological condition, which is the most important thing.”
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.