Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ballad of Narayama

1983, 130m, Palme d'Or

This is a much watered down version of the austere 1958 drama film of the same name. Instead of the stage props which were the background of the earlier film, we have eye catching photography of picture post card mountains and verdant nature. The elemental drama reduces to an anthropological study of a primitive people and their predominantly revolting ways. Unimpressive.

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