Five Dedicated to Ozu - 2004
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
In this simplistic and contemplative piece also known as "Five Long Takes Dedicated to Yasujiro Ozu", Director Kiarostami assembles five stationary shots taken at the Caspian Sea. This film is representative of Kiarostami's recent and arguably less successful "experimental" period that has seen the director work with inexpensive digital video cameras. The look and feel of the extended takes are inspired by the work of master Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, who heavily influenced Abbas Kiarostami.
Color, 54 minutes, No Dialogue
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|All People Featured||As Themselves|
|Producer||Marin Karmitz, Ali Reza Shojanouri, Makoto Ueda|
|Director of Photography||Abbas Kiarostami|
The first "long take" is of a piece of wood that has washed up on the beach of the Caspian. As the shot continues, the piece of wood is eventually taken back by the waves.
In the second take, the camera observes the many passersby who are enjoying a walk along the seaside. Towards the end of the take a group of older gentlemen stop to have a conversation then exit the frame.
The third take features a pack of dogs that sit leisurely by the waves.
In the fourth take, a flock of ducks cross back and forth across the frame.
The fifth take, reminiscent of one of the closing shots of "Taste of Cherry," observes the reflection of the moon in a pond as it pokes through the rapidly moving clouds.
By Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
Abbas Kiarostami and Yasujiro Ozu are two of my all time favorite directors, but after one viewing of Kiarostami's "Five Dedicated to Ozu," I'm not sure what one has to do with the other. Ozu famously broke up his dramas with "pillow shots," or shots of things like clotheslines or trains that had nothing to do with the plot, but gave the viewer a break and illustrated how life goes on. Kiarostami's film consists of five single, stationary shots, taken on a beach, and ranging from a few minutes long to 28 minutes long (74 minutes total) -- far longer than Ozu's "pillow shots." Continued
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