Woman in the Dunes
Kobo Abe and Hiroshi Teshigara, 1964
#8 (chronologically) in Mike D'Angelo's list of twelve films
to which he would give a score of 100 out of 100.
An entomologist misses the last bus and some local villagers
arrange to have him spend the night with a widow who lives at
the bottom of a sand pit. She spends all her time shoveling
sand to keep her house from being swallowed up. The next
morning, the man discovers that the ladder into the pit has
been removed and that he's a prisoner.
Quit after about an hour. This is a dream-logic allegory
that is to a great extent an exploration of monochrome
film's ability to capture texture. Not my thing.
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