UW Cinematheque | Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya Shinshiroku)

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Vilas Hall, Rm. 4070
@ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya Shinshiroku)

Ozu’s first movie made after World War II is set in a Tokyo neighborhood where a stoic middle-aged widow begrudgingly shelters an abandoned child, their initially chilly relationship thawing over time. With humor, poignancy, and a stark lack of sentimentality, the film delicately unveils the unlikely bond that forms between them amidst the rubble of war. “If Ozu had only made this seventy-two minute film, he would have to be considered one of the world’s great directors” (David Bordwell). 35mm print courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research.