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Where Now are the Dreams of Youth?
(Seishun no Yume Ima Izuko)

Live Musical Accompaniment
Screening on Film
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
With Satoko Date, Ureo Egawa, Choko Iida.
Japan, 1932, 35mm, black & white, silent, 90 min.

Set in Tokyo’s business world during the Depression, this drama concerns a rich boy whose life has been made easy by his reprobate father. He cheats his way through college but must grow up when his father suddenly dies, leaving him head of the firm. Three of his college chums turn to him for jobs, and he cynically trades a position in return for the fiancée of one of the young men. The sadistic undercurrents of the film’s social satire are unsettling, particularly in the sequence in which the spoiled young man rejects the woman his father had chosen for him to wed.

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