Japanese Classics: “Woman in the Dunes”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2 PM

Watch the trailer.

We asked Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, whose collection is highlighted in Japan Modern, to select our monthly matinees during the exhibition’s run, drawing on their deep knowledge of Japanese film and photography.

One of the 1960s’ 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 with a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) in her hut next to 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. (Dir.: Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1964, 147 min., 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles)

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free