Monday, 31 March 2008

Woman of the Dunes, march 25

Hiroshi Teshigahara

Today we screen WOMAN OF THE DUNES , a 1964 japanese film based on writer
KOBO ABE's masterpiece.

A Japanese entomologist finds himself held prisoner in a sand pit with an
alluring woman who expects him to work at her side. To his surprise, the
scientist develops an intense bond with his female companion and resigns
himself to an eternity of hypnotic routine. A surreal allegory reflecting
man's grim fate...

"The story of a journey of inner discovery during which the protagonist
remembers what it means to be human in a modern society that sometimes
seems to have forgotten."

Hiroshi Teshigahara was an avant-garde Japanese filmmaker. He was only
incidentally a filmmaker. Son of the founder and grand master (Iemoto) of
the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (more moribundly known as flower-arranging),
he turned to film as an extension of his aesthetic explorations in other
A graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he was
a painter and sculptor, designed gardens and tea rooms, directed operas
and Noh plays for the stage. And he made 21 films, most of them short
documentaries on subjects as varied as Hokusai and Hispanic boxers.

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