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too candid camera

by Karen S. Kingsbury

What does this sequence show us about an era when motion photography was a new, rare, upper-class hobby?

What might it be like to live in a time when cameras were not ubiquitous?

How does Ozu indicate for his viewers the pleasures, powers--and perhaps dangers as well--associated with this new medium of representation and communication?

Ozu's I WAS BORN BUT... home movies

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the boss entertains guests with his new hobby, motion photography

from I Was Born But... (1932)
Creator: Yasujiro Ozu
Distributor: Criterion Collection
Posted by Karen S. Kingsbury