Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Thank Heavens for Criterion.

Hal and I watched the original Story of Floating Weeds last night. The print was fair to middling, and silent film is so much of a different animal from a talkie, so was a bit of a challenge. In all, though, lovely. About as much of a gem as its remake. Kudos to Criterion for releasing both versions of the film in a set. Kudos to them, too, for commissioning a gorgeous accompaniment (solo piano, after Robert Schumann, as apparently Ozu was a big Schumann fan) to the first film, which, like a lot of silent films, didn't have a dedicated score.

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