TV and art films: March 24-30

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For the week of Sunday, March 24, through Saturday, March 30.

Reviewed by Tony Lucia.

Early Spring (1956). The timing is impeccable for this telecast of the Japanese director Yasujiré? Ozu’s film, even though few might associate the film’s tone with the season. Ryé? Ikebe stars as a Tokyo salaryman whose time spent at work draws him away from his wife (Chikage Awashima), who is still mourning their child’s death, and toward an admiring typist (Keiko Kishi). as co-workers, friends and neighbors observe and advise. The storytelling is meticulously balanced, with understanding applied to all three sides of the triangle. And even though darker visually than many of Ozu’s films, the characters increasingly isolated within the frame under oppressive arches of shadow that suggest the weight of German expressionism, “Early Spring” still

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