Thursday, 3 June 2010

Stationary Time. Yasujirō Ozu. A Story of Floating Weeds / Ukigusa monogatari 浮草物語 & Floating Weeds / Ukigusa 浮草

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Stationary Time
Yasujirō Ozu

A Story of Floating Weeds
Ukigusa monogatari


Floating Weeds

Gilles Deleuze

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

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

Time as unchanging form
Le temps comme forme immuable

A bicycle may also endure; that is, represent the unchanging form of that which moves, so long as it is at rest, motionless, stood against the wall (A Story of Floating Weeds). [Deleuze Cinema 2, 1989: 16-17]

Une bicyclette aussi peut durer, c'est-à-dire représenter la forme immuable de ce qui se meut, à condition de demeurer, de rester immobile, rangée contre le mur (« Histoire d'herbes flottantes »). [Deleuze Cinéma 2, 1985: 28b]

[Here is the original version. First we see the girl and boy meet. The girl is given the task of seducing the boy, which is what happens at the trees. Afterward we see the bike still-life. The next scene at the tracks is when they decide to stay together. We see there also the still bike. In both cases, a pivotal moment in the story occurs. But it is accompanied by a still-life. We see something that does not change explicitly, all while implicitly the greatest changes of the story take place. It is in this way that Ozu's still-lifes show the unchanging form of time in which all changes take place.]

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[In the second version of the movie, we also see the still bike during the seduction scene, and it seems more as though it were leaning against a wall.]

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.

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