Ballad of Narayama Screen 1 article

Ballad of Narayama

1958

Ballad of Narayama Poster
  • Attuned to the formalism inherent in Japanese life... [the film] simply takes these elements familiar from his earlier films and pushes them to their aesthetic limit. The result is a tour-de-force that clashes static set-pieces (including the film’s most astonishing sequence, a five-minute ritual as Orin asks the village elders for advice, the figures illuminated against interior darkness by phosphorescent, ghostly lighting) with “extravagant” camerawork that has been compared to Max Ophuls.