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(Re)discovering a masterpiece (1)

One of the 60’s great international art-house sensations, Woman in the Dunes was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic worldview of Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune.

What results is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving, and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday Sisyphean struggle, for which Teshigahara received an Academy Award nomination for best director.

The film is based on the wonderful book The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe, one of OLBIOS’s favorite writers.

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Watch the entire film (english subtitles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdTEs5MHqoU