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Woman in the Dunes film

March 19, 2016 | Author: | Posted in asian literature, literature and language

A Review of Woman in the Dunes

The cinematography in this film is highly distinctive . As it is in black and white , light and shadows play a very prominent role in the film

In the film the ever-present sand takes on a life of its own , as if it were a third major character . The sand is everywhere , pervasive , on sweaty skin and gritty hair , and the curves of the woman ‘s body as she tosses and turns in her sleep . The sand is well presented as alive , and is menacing , an ever-present [banner_entry_middle]

monster , or perhaps just a reckless creature who did not care at all , a perverse affirmation ‘ of the indifference of nature to the self-important human

The director , Hiroshi Teshigahara , manipulated scale very well , and very effectively . In the film we see first see an extreme close up of a grain of sand , the very basic element of this entity that pervades all of the life in the village , and then we see more of the grains , and then a rippling ocean of sand . At the start we see the protagonist walking on the sand , dwarfed by the sand dunes . The story never escapes the physical reality of the sand , and the close ups are a constant reminder of this

Throughout the film there is a steadfast commitment to realism the detail is palpable in every scene , and this enhances the sense of disjointed reality in the viewer . There are long , unmoving shots of the sand ‘s patterns , and many extreme close-ups of skin and sand , the sand saturating everything . The scale of objects is distorted , bringing a claustrophobic power of the sand , indicative of the intense suffocation in their existence

These overpowering close-ups occur throughout the movie . Ironically , the extreme close-ups also lend the film a distinct surreal feel . There is created in this unusual approach a tension between the reality of the sand and the unreality ‘ of the situation . In their unlikely situation the two characters find that the normal ‘ concerns of daily life are no more and all they can do is survive to dig ‘ and dig to survive

The viewer will several times see close ups of skin and hair that resemble the bugs that the protagonist is so interested in . The manipulation of scale in the film causes disorientation in the viewer ‘s sense of scale , and in tis disorientation the viewer can find himself questioning the meaning and significance of human experience

The movie can be taken as a crude study on how man and woman find space in their lives for each other , often with hesitating accommodation although this theme is only secondary . Of course it is also an aesthetic , artistic experience , though there is still that shock of recognition ‘ in the film that enables the viewer to realize that there are strong parallels in the film to reality , particularly in the odd angles and close-ups that remind us of on other ‘ reality not always considered

The disturbing , disorienting scale , and… [banner_entry_footer]

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