Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Pornographers (1966)

Not as dislikeable as the only other Imamura I've seen (the repetitive, wildly overrated Warm Water Under a Red Bridge), but this still didn't do it for me. There's a lot of good stuff here, and Imamura certainly has an impressive talent for visuals (all the more so because his visual style doesn't call attention to itself). I can't quite put my finger on why this struck me as dissatisfying -- I think maybe it's too aimless and hermetic to fully resonate with me. Also, it seemed to alternate between scenes that were darkly funny and ones that were simply jejune and underthought. Intellectually, I can dig it, but watching it just made me restless. I will probably give this another shot some time down the line, but it'll be a while. Fun Fact: I would wager that Tsai Ming-Liang swiped this film's carp/husband for What Time is it There?

Grade: C+


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