Seijun Suzuki's 1980 action-drama takes cues from early 20th-century Japanese culture and combines them with the action-flick sensibilities that were ubiquitous in 80's Hollywood. Named after a violin piece which features prominently in the film, Zigeunerweisen plays like a carefully-curated orchestra combining an off-the-wall narrative with vivid colors and a keen eye for well-arranged setting.
"I've been crazy all my life." This is a film largely about labeto. Excellent use of food. Much better acting than some of his other films; The absurdity is more contained and less built into the style of the telling. Parts were utterly hilarious. The score --Wait, was that an eye-lick?! What a charming necrophiliac. Eating on screen is the best! ...I could see how some people might find this offensive...
I wish I understood more of the symbolism in this one! It would certainly be less bizarre if I did. Still, the hints of guro and the increasingly claustrophobic atmosphere of madness and ghosts made the film a wild ride.
A strange and enjoyable experience, but not an altogether satisfying one. It is a film that feels as if it needs either more time to showcase the dreamier moments or less time devoted to the little details that ultimately fail to enhance the main narrative.