Thursday, July 19, 2007

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

*****
Japan

One of the sexier staples in the modernist cine-canon is this strange, arresting existentialist allegory, wherein an alienated though virile entomologist ends up trapped in a fetching widow's hut at the bottom of a sand pit. A dialectic on the elusive meaning of freedom follows, underscored by an erotically charged atmosphere and some evocative, mesmerising compositions. The film's unorthodox though deep resonance creeps up on you gradually.

wr/dir: Hiroshi Teshigahara
ph: Hiroshi Segawa
ed: F. Susui
m: Toru Takemitsu
cast: Eiji Okada, Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui, Hiroko Ito, Sen Yano

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