Violence at Noon

(Nagisa Oshima, 1966). An unsuccessful commune leaves a brutal legacy of suicide, rape, and murder. The tale is grimly lurid, but what’s truly remarkable about the film is Oshima’s montage—the average shot length is under three seconds, past and present are densely integrated in a constant barrage of rapid-fire cutting.
Sat., April 11, 2, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2009

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