Hoop-tober 2018 #10
I think Onibaba gave me something of an epiphany in relation to my obsession with films set in pre-Enlightenment periods. It’s the primitiveness of the technology, the directness of communication and conflict, and the simplicity of the lifestyles and attitudes, which are, above all, survival-centric; focused primarily on genuine needs as opposed to fanciful wants.
The extreme simplicity and naturalism of Onibaba’s setting and plot, juxtaposed with the complexity of the experimental and impressionistic techniques deployed by writer-director, Keneto Shindo, is the kind of cinema that enthuses me most, and it was absolutely rampant outside Hollywood in the 1960s.
These are barbaric worlds where nothing is artificial or digital (and barely even mechanical for the…