Friday, July 17, 2009

Women of the Dunes (1964) - Hiroshi Teshigahara

From the close-up photography of the ever shifting and all pervasive sand to the limitlessness of the dunes and the terrifying sound world provided by composer Toru Takemitsu. This film demands you experience its riches on its terms and at its (at times slow) pace.

In a remote coastal village set amongst dunes, an academic entomologist arrives, butterfly net at the ready looking for rare beetles. Shots of ant lions lying in wait hint at his fate.

He is tricked into seeking shelter for the night in one of the village houses, owned by a women, at the bottom of a sandy pit. He then discovers that he is now trapped there with her and becomes part of a superstitious, rutualistic nightmare where he must play the role of both prey and hunter.

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