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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60. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964)

61. Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, 2004)

62. The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)

63. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

64. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)

65. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

66. Weekend (1967, Jean-Luc Godard)

67. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2001)

Monday, July 16, 2007

68. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

69. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)

70. Dumbo (Ben Sharpsteen, 1941)

71. Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

72. The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos, 1998)

73. Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)

74. Man Is Not a Bird (Dušan Makavejev, 1965)

75. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)