Why do so many moviegoers equate a slowly-paced movie with being boring? In my Japanese Cinema college class, I was embarrassed to admit that I had shed tears while watching Ozu’s Tokyo Story – though I suppose my professor or the students on either side of me might have noticed – because so many other students complained about the movie being so slow, ergo, boring. If you ask me, you would have to be made of stone not to be moved by that film, but of course that’s just me.
Some movies require patience. Everyone has different ideas of what’s boring to them. Personally I can’t stand any of the Eisenstein films I’ve seen, including The Battleship Potemkin (except, of course, for the Odessa Steps sequence). For me, Ozu’s films are beautiful and lyrical but absolutely worth watching.
Are there any films you feel are great but others find interminable?