Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4/9/14 Extreme Private Eros Love Song 1974

98 min, b&w
"Hara’s second film, and without doubt his most outrageous, personal and masochistic work. Shot over several years, mostly in handheld black-andwhite and often with out-of-synch sound, this raw confessional has Hara following his ex-wife, 26- year-old radical feminist Miyuki Takeda. The two lived together for three years and share a child, as this documentary captures their post-break-up relationship and her new life without him. This was a brutal dose of reality for Japanese viewers, as it matter-of-factly tackles heartache, sex, insecurities, gender politics, and even on-camera childbirth. This is an extraordinarily intimate portrayal of the ideology, philosophy, and lives of radicals in the Vietnam era, revolving around the postwar relationship of Japan, Okinawa, and the United States. " Anthology Film Archives