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Narayama bushiko

Keisuke Kinoshita Japan, 1958

dionysus67's rating of the film Ballad of Narayama

Sumptuously shot, entirely on studio, in regal color this filmic depiction of the savage ritual creates ample space for sympathy for the eldrerly woman's (major Tanaka performance) resignation and captures the tragic dilemma of the family and the community. The gorgeous lighting functions like a (Kabuki) distantiation effect, only to enhance the permeation of a magical experience from beginning to end. Stunning!