49/100 (Alegori len, dünyanın en sanatsal filmi len, kapital ahlakı eleştiriyor len, seks sahneleri çok başarılı len, sinematografi len. Len oğlu len. 5 yıldır herkesin mutlaka top listesinde, Imdbde 8,5, Mubide gelmiş geçmiş en iyi 5 filmden biri. Artık bu abartmalardan bıkarak ama önyargısız bir şekilde izledim. Ne mi oldu tabiki kocaman bok gibi mantıksız bir film. Devamı yorumda...)
Dark cinematography that sweeps otherwise sun bathed landscapes such as desert or a beach - combined with high pitched strings and ambient sounds - creates an unique movie experience that will never feel dated. Except for that, there's nothing else to get through this excruciating two hours. It fails to create desperation, eroticism, alienation or any other feel that was promised by the synopsis or the screenshots.
In line with the perspective of the entomologist who gets trapped and eventually surrenders himself inside a sand pit, Teshigahara's extreme close-ups traverse the entire gamut of shots and culminate in extreme long shots, that decenter a humanist perspective, which Japanese modernity in cinema struggled vainly to retain. Extremely sensual and astonishingly photographed, it's no wonder that it inspired Tarkovsky.
Woman in the Dunes can be a metaphor for whatever you want it to be. I see it as a visual depiction of the hopelessness of life. My boyfriend thought it was a commentary on the battle of the sexes. The black and white cinematography is some of the best i’ve seen. You could almost feel the stickiness of the heat, and the seeping of the sand.
Rewatch of a 35mm print curated by Virginia Dwan. What can one say...it's justifiably a classic and everything you admired about it back in college still works today. Narratively and thematically, I think Abe's novella is better at conveying the characters' thoughts and emotions. But as far as straight-up emotional imagery is concerned, the film is a technical masterpiece, even if it belabors that imagery at times.
Are you shoveling sand to live, or living to shovel sand? Profound. Absolutely amazing. I haven't seen anything like this since... I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. All these close takes of skin covered in sand. Even trapped, we're still building traps. Would I escape?