Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 18, 2014

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1934—directed by Yasujiro Ozu)

Alex de Grassi was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose and perform his original score for this 1934 silent classic by Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story). A Story of Floating Weeds is the deceptively simple tale of an aging, travelling actor who returns to a small town with his troupe whereupon he proceeds to reunite with his former lover and their illegitimate son. This does not sit well with his current mistress – who he has brought along – and the resulting flood of previously repressed emotions takes a profound toll on all. Capturing sweetness and sadness in equal measure (and with equal honesty) was Ozu’s greatest strength as writer and director, and this remarkable work – which he would remake in 1959 – shows him at his peak. Alex de Grassi's score is for acoustic guitar, which suggests the sound of the koto, a Japanese harp-like instrument. Free admission. (86 min.)