Cinephilia: Post-War Auteur Essentials
August 19 – September 9
Featuring four 1950s art-house classics containing beautiful cinematography and a balance of subtlety, action, humor, sentiment, and tragedy, these films present stories of the emotional and physical experiences of family and children. The term auteur, meaning “author,” gained popularity after the 1940s with the influence of French and English language film critics, notably those from the cinema review magazineCahiers du cinema. Eventually applied to film theory and scholarship, it is most widely recognized as a term used to distinguish excellent filmmakers who display a distinctively recognizable voice throughout their work. Film culture in postwar Europe embraced the role of the director as the auteur responsible for the overall look and meaning of the film, and the ability to infuse one’s personal worldview into the piece. While all films differ in style, genre, and nation, they are all lasting testaments to the power of cinema’s universal language. Each auteur has an innovative, influential and recognizable style that has enabled their creative visions to remain distinct, transcending the collaborative and industrial nature of filmmaking.
An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.