Thursday, 23 April 2015

Hadaka no shima (1960)

A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Poetic masterpiece without any dialogue that depicts the bleak, but mutual relationship between landscape and human sustenance in rhythmic daily and seasonal rituals.

Halliwell*: "Slow, controlled, beautiful film in which not a single word of dialogue is spoken. The artificiality of this concept eventually diminishes its stature."

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