The Woman in the Dunes (Teshigahara, 1964): Barbican Cinema, 7pm
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s choice in the Barbican's brilliant Seven Deadly Sins season is Teshigahra’s landmark in Japanese cinema and a seriously sinister example of Sloth.
The Barbican season, details of which can be found here, promises to be quite an attraction.
Chicago Reader review:
'Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1964 allegory on the
meaning of freedom and the discovery of identity. An office worker (Eiji
Okada) on an entomological holiday spends the night with a widow (Kyoko
Kishida), whose shack at the bottom of a sand pit becomes his prison.
Gradually he learns to love her and to help her in her endless task of
shoveling sand, which the local villagers use to protect themselves from
the elements. A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's
rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of
extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism.'
Here is an extract.