Setsuko Hara Passed Away
She has been for me the best actress ever. I choose here a scene from The Ball at the Anjo House, a movie made in 1947. It is about an aristocratic family from Japan who after WWII loose their status. They offer a last ball, before leaving their estate, confiscated by the new authorities. The father, overwhelmed by the whole situation, of his country, of his family, intends to commit suicide. Setsuko Hara is in this movie his daughter, and will know how to act with determination and elegance. Great scene! There are no subtitles, but, believe me, it's no need.
An obituary appeared in today's NY Times:
(Yasujiro Ozu and Setsuko Hara)
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