Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Woman in the Dunes"


As you get older, your taste in films evolves. While the likes of Star Wars are still staples, I now find art films like Woman in the Dunes far more appealing than I did years ago.

Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) is a 1962 Japanese film. It's the story of a man who is held prisoner by an extremely lonely woman stranded in rural Japan. The protagonist intitially is hostile to his captor, but over time starts to develop lust and compassion for her.

The sexual symbolism is heightened by the astounding shots of the winds roaring through the desert sands of Japan. These shots will leave you with your mouth open. Woman in the Dunes seems like a film that would never be able to work in color, as it takes advantage of the beauty of black and white photography. See for yourself by watching the trailer at NYTimes.com.

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