Sunday, October 16, 2011
Stitching Saturday: a monkey and a movie
Here was my progress as of yesterday morning - I was finishing up a skinny arm:
Then I spent all of yesterday (almost) stitching and here are the fruits of my labor - an almost finished monkey (he is unstuffed and has no tail, but you get the idea):
While I stitched, I spent a quiet morning watching Late Spring. I saw my first Ozu film a couple of years ago after I lost my father - I'm always careful when I watch them, because as detached as they always begin, they pack an emotional punch that totally catches me off guard.
Like Antonioni, he has these dreamy black and white shots and he's a master of composition:
His choice of cast is nearly identical in each of his films - and Setsuko Hara has to be one of my favorites:
There's something so luminous and joyful and charming in her smiling face.
One of my favorite sequences comes near the end, when her father is trying to convince her to marry - she's afraid to leave him on his own - but you begin to see it's not just that - she's so happy in her current life that she can't imagine a life unlike it...
There's something so incredibly moving about this scene, as her father tries to convince her that she needs to move on - her time with him is over.
It's really a stunning, quiet, wonderful film.