One day earlier.
Principal: «Listen up! Tomorrow I'm going away for the whole day and probably most of the evening. I need everyone at their best behavior while I'm gone! I am leaving Instructor here in charge, and I trust that you will all pay attention to every advice he has to offer and do as he tells you.»
«I'm sure I won't have to remind you all what happened last time, and we don't want anything remotely like that…
The result when trying to sum up almost any country's cinema history during a measly 52 minutes are always going to be a bit unsatisfying. When the country in question being Japan, even more so.
However, we have no choice but to take into account that this really is Nagisa Ôshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema. In his take on the subject he has reached 1950 and Rashômon after 14 minutes. He has then mentioned Kurosawa twice and Mizoguchi once.…
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…
I think most people don't give this film the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.
Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film,…