Atman is a entrancing experimental short film in which a lone mask wearing figure is encircled endlessly by the camera in panning and zooming motions, matched to the increasing intensity of Toshio Ichiyanagi electronic music score.
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Close to 40 years ago artists like T. Matsumoto were realizing the full scope of optical printing by their painstaking editing & color techniques. Although there were other experimental directors using these tools, T.M.'s inspection of mystical states through the almost hypnotic motion patterns was uncanny. Adding waves of electronic score by the great Toshio Ichiyanagi insured Atman's admiration by art film critics.
it seemed to me scary nightmare . pixelation. I think I have seen this mask before in kaneto shindo's onibaba ... maybe this is very common mask in japanese culture .maybe they re using it for celebrations .