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'Woman of The Lake' (1966) Dir. Yoshishige Yoshida.

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  • 'Woman of The Lake' (1966) Dir. Yoshishige Yoshida.

    Coolly distant, this sumptuous, beautifully composed expose of bourgeois wife, Miyako's (Mariko Okada) glacial infidelities frequently felt as though being viewed from afar. Tatsuhisa Suzuki's crisp B/W photography is absolutely exquisite, the performances are flawless, and, Sei Ikeno's beautifully melancholic score is never less than captivating. Gripping, yet not exactly intimate drama, with some of the characters being somewhat taciturn, their motivations remaining oblique, tantalizingly unexplained, and, yet, the brusque conclusion is marvellously mysterious! 'Woman of The Lake' is undeniably compelling cinema, Maestro, Yoshida reveals himself to be a consummate filmmaker of enviable skill, an iconoclast with his own unique vision, and his singular ménage a trois lingers intriguingly in the memory.

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