The late director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) was long regarded as the "most Japanese" of all Japanese filmmakers, a fact that sometimes alienated younger audiences as dramatically as it enthralled traditionalists. A three-film series at Starz called Celebrating Ozu now gives lovers of world cinema a rare opportunity to revisit the master at the height of his considerable powers, dealing with the particulars of middle-class life and the tension between generations.
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On Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, see Ozu's widely acknowledged masterpiece, Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story) (1953), a drama steeped in thorny family dynamics (right); March 19 and 20, it's Ochazuke No Aji (The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice) (1952), a social satire set in post-war Tokyo; and on March 26 and 27, the series concludes with Higanbana (Equinox Flower) (1958), Ozu's first color film, in which a family is caught up in clashing ideas about love, marriage and mutual respect.
All films will screen at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway. Saturday showings are at 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For information, call 303-595-3456.