Woman of the Dunes (Classic Tuesdays)

Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1964

Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô Rated 15 Run time 147 mins

Perhaps the most extraordinary of Teshigahara’s run of 1960s classics, this twisted tale of an entomologist captured by a sand-dune-dwelling widow is both visually stunning and endlessly enigmatic. A fable of escape from civilisation? A recasting of the Sisyphus myth? Whatever you make of it, you’re guaranteed to be intrigued…

100% – Rotten Tomatoes

8.5/ 10 – IMDB

“Teshigahara’s ability to pull us into this creepily sensuous world, a stifling but beautiful environment, is what gives “Woman in the Dunes” such a disquieting feel. “

“Teshigahara’s direction and Segawa’s camera-work often render the mundane startling and new, a claim that only good films can make”

MOVIE REVIEW : Deception in ‘Woman in the Dunes – LA Times