ICE-Vision: Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima, 1976)
Wednesday, April 3 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
ICE-Vision continues with Film Studies major Daniel LoPilato’s weekly selections of eclectic, idiosyncratic, psychotronic, or otherwise eccentric excursions into world cinema.
Nagisa Oshima, chameleon filmmaker of the Japanese New Wave, directs this period drama about the murder of an innocent man by his young wife and her lover. After his death, the film “flirts with supernatural horror: visions of the dead man begin to drive his widow around the bend, and when she and her accomplice come together between the sheets, their sex is desperate with remorse” (J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader). The haunted refrain of a crying infant recalls an array of guilt-ridden literary works– “Macbeth,” “Crime and Punishment,” the classic story “Sleepy” by Chekhov–in this chilling and expertly-composed work from one of the late masters of Japanese cinema.