Monday, March 13, 2017

Good Morning (1959)

Roughly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci declared that, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." From apocryphal stories about artists breaking into houses to tweak the color of a painting, to George Lucas' continual futzing with the Star Wars films, it's been notoriously difficult for creative individuals to accept that a work is done. Even artists who have moved on from one particular piece, will often return to that style or those themes in another work as a way to get another bite at the apple. And of course there are directors who literally remake their own films.

Sometimes the results can be as astounding as Michael Mann's reworking of the TV Movie, L.A. Takedown into Heat. Other times the resultant film can be as awful as George Sulizer's English-language remake of his own chilling, Dutch-French co-production, The Vanishing. But most of the time it results in an enjoyable film that is no better or worse than its previous incarnation. Such is the case with Ozu's pleasant, family film Good Morning.

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