The A-Z of Ozu

A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu


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Pillow Shot

Ozu’s most important contribution to film language is his much-copied manner of cutting from a character’s sufferings to an unrelated still life – famously, in ‘Late Spring’, a vase. Far from diluting our emotional response, this intensifies it by giving us time to share the feelings unfolding on screen.