June 21, 2004

The Pornographers by Shohei Imamura, 1966 ; the criterion collection

it's not as provocative as the title might suggest; rather, it's a cool story set in a conservative society (which still applies to our society, btw) about two men who happen to make pornographic films for clients. the pornographic aspect of the main characters' lives is never displayed, though, it's only used so we can be witness to the people's sexual needs. the film is about our attitudes towards sex. it's also surprisingly funny. i wasn't expecting that. i thought it was going to be some kind of experimental film. but it's not. in fact, Imamura keeps the whole thing so light while tackling a very challenging subject that it is a normal film. there's nothing shocking or lewd about it at all. i wasn't expecting to be as entertained as i was. this film was a nice surprise. highly recommended.


Posted by Sam | 9:35 AM |