Ugetsu

Ugetsu

I've somewhat often read of people claiming to be put into a "trance" by certain movies, but I never truly understood what they meant—until Ugetsu. Mizoguchi's trademark fluid long-take recessive compositions—with striking moments of landscape, aggressive depth, and expressionistic shots to boot—is becoming. The often quietly pounding score is rhythmic. Something about the film's zoomed-out, slow style allows it to have this feeling of capturing actual people, an actual village. While the parable-like quality of the film's early goings (man's greed) may be a bit simplistic, when the film's supernatural elements begin to take hold it aids the ineffable higher mood of Ugetsu. I still understood why some might get impatient with the film's almost ludicrous slow-motion and flailing performances, but this is a slow-burn Art film where I mostly not only understand but feel the raves.

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