Monday, 22 May 2006
The Face of Another
I first spotted The Face of Another on DVDBeaver.com a while ago and have been looking forward to watchiung it for quite a while. While out in Manchester yesterday I popped into Fopp to wait out the rain and just happened to spot it going for £10 (a bargain when Amazon wanted £17 and HMV probably £20). Fopp are a pretty great store in general... they have a good selection of foreign stuff and a range of prices, unlike HMV (which admittedly has an even better range) where everything is flat £20.
I've just finished watching it and I'm not too sure about it yet... I've rated it 7/10 on IMDb, but sometimes I change my mind about films like this when I start thinking about them a little more. The story I found a little off... the predictions of the psychiatrist seemed out of proportion and I didn't get his mass mask production ideas at all. What made the film really great was the music... in a way this was pretty bizarre... it seemed a bit of a cross between something that might be heard in a Kurosawa movie, alonged with some Parisian music and German singing. It's pretty odd that when I'm watching a film from Asia I sometimes don't immediately recognise that a certain character is a Westerner... sometimes I even think about it before coming to a conclusion. A few years ago seeing somebody (in film or real life) from Asia was actually a fairly infrequent occurence, but now it's totally normal... maybe that's why?
Anyway, as well as the music the cinematography was amazing. The use of spotlights to almost make other people in a bar vanish was great... the flicking of a switch to turn from night to night with a bulb was also good, as were the still frames that cropped up from time to time. Thinking about it we see a lot of still frames in films today... I can't think of any hard examples to back this up but I think Sin City might have used stills when introducing characters. It's certainly the first time I've seen it in an older film.
As ever... give it a try ;)