Film - Feature | January 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The sands of time have not worn away the startling beauty of Woman in the Dunes, nor answered the fundamental questions of identity and commitment the film poses. A young widow lives in a pit-house and is fed by her neighbors; she is forced to constantly clear her pit of the sands that threaten to engulf the whole village. The villagers bring a passing entomologist, who has missed his bus home, to spend the night, and share her work and her bedit seems, forever. Many scenes still hauntthe womans mysterious nocturnal labors, the mans own Sisyphean attempts to escape as the community of sand people watch from on high. Whos the insect now? Ive a job! Im registered! he protests, but the metamorphosis has already transpired. Hiroshi Teshigahara reverses the metaphor of the shifting sands of fatehere we have the shifting fates of sand, as in Becketts Grain upon grain . . .