Ugetsu

Ugetsu

wartime: bad for men, worse for women! a beautiful, terrible film; constructed out of pure (bad) feeling — angry and cynical and often overwhelmingly sad. the ending is somewhat hopeful, at least compared to everything else in the film, but still steeped in melancholy and regret. i imagine this would be a rather crushing experience if mizoguchi’s form weren’t so elegant and note-perfect on every level. a gorgeously designed film, filled to the brim with indelible shots. the camera movement is simple and understated but stunning more often than not, sliding into each new, spectacular composition without a hitch...idk, this is kind of a hard movie to write about. it never hit, like, transcendent levels for me for whatever reason but it’s also basically a perfect object

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