Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Still Golfing. Yasujirō Ozu. What Did the Lady Forget? (Shujo wa nani o wasuretaka 淑女は何を忘れたか)

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Still Golfing
Yasujirō Ozu
What Did the Lady Forget?
Shujo wa nani o wasuretaka

Gilles Deleuze

Cinema 2: The Time Image
Cinéma 2: L'image-temps

Beyond the Movement Image
Au-delà de l'image-mouvement

Empty spaces and still lifes
Espaces vides et natures mortes

An empty space owes its importance above all to the absence of a possible content, whilst the still life is defined by the presence and composition of objects which are wrapped up in themselves or become their own container: as in the long shot of the vase almost at the end of Late Spring. Such objects are not necessarily surrounded by a void, but may allow characters to live and speak in a certain soft focus, like the still life with vase and fruit in The Woman of Tokyo, or the one with the fruit and golf-clubs in What Did the Lady Forget? [Deleuze Cinema 2, 1989: 16b]

Un espace vide vaut avant tout par l'absence d'un contenu possible, tandis qui la nature morte se définit par la présence et la composition d'objets qui s'enveloppent en eux-mêmes ou deviennent leur propre contenant : ainsi le long plan du vase presque à la fin de « Printemps tardif ». De tels objets ne s'enveloppent pas nécessairement dans le vide, mais peuvent laisser des personnages vivre et parler dans un certain flou, comme la nature morte au vase et aux fruits de « La dame de Tokyo », ou celle aux fruits et aux clubs de golf de « Qu'est-ce que la dame a oublié? » [Deleuze Cinéma 2, 1985: 27a.b]

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Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 2: The Time Image. Transl. Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. London & New York: 1989.

Deleuze, Gilles. Cinéma 2: L'image-temps. Paris:Les éditions de minuit, 1985.


  1. Thanks for these. Tantalizing and inspiring.

  2. And thank you too for checking out the site. There are many more Ozu entries to come. There is a great Ozu site here: http://www.a2pcinema.com/ozu-san/home.htm