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That Night’s Wife


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  • Despite his anxiety, That Night’s Wife demonstrates confidence and maturity, and confirms Ozu as a true artist of space. Even within these tight quarters, the camera is untrammeled; fluid tracking shots and dollies make the reluctant criminal’s tiny, shabby apartment into an expansive emotional universe.

  • This uncharacteristic Sternbergian crime thriller by Yasujiro Ozu, one of his more interesting silent pictures (1930), is set almost entirely inside a single cluttered flat, where a policeman, hoping to arrest a commercial artist who's robbed an office, is held at bay by his gun-wielding wife. The results are tense, claustrophobic, and visually striking throughout.

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