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It is easy to make a good movie - just remember what genre it belongs to and follow the rules. If you make a comedy, make it funny, if you make a drama, make it moving, honest, look at your characters closely, find what motivates them, what makes them happy, sad, look at their faces, their eyes because the eyes are the soul's mirror. Don't make them talk a lot but make every word, every gesture, every look meaningful. Remember that even the most moving drama can and should have humor because without smiles and laughs the humans simply can't survive. Watching Naruse's "Okaasan" (1952) aka "Mother" makes all these rules seem so easy to follow and that's what a great movie should be like. I cried and smiled and thought about my mother, and wished her to be happy and live forever and then I took the movie to her - I wanted her to see it, too. One thing I'd like to add - what a fascinating use of music score, the original and the famous Italian song, "O Sole Mio". I've never heard such a charming version of it.
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