A hypnotic atmosphere is a challenging task for a filmmaker to achieve. One must have a vision and a truly unique style of filmmaking to have the audience intrigued and have them lose themselves in awe while watching a movie. Most of these movies are dark, eerie and ominous while maintaining an irresistible charm that keeps the viewer captivated. Sort of like a succubus.
Nonlinear plots, allegories, and surreal imagery are a must in these kinds of films, creating a different realm to get lost in while encouraging a lot of discussion with their ambiguity.
Nothing and everything shown should be taken for granted as everyone can have their own theories and different meanings for what they experience and that’s the quintessence of cinema. If it makes the audience feel and think is has fulfilled its purpose.
15. Dreams (1990)
According to master director Akira Kurosawa, the making of the movie ”Dreams” was a lifelong goal. It is a personal movie, and like “Ran” (1985) and “Kagemusha” (1980), it incorporates his own paintings and dreams into actual images. Kurosawa even made an exact replica of his childhood home in a section of the film. It is a movie that vaguely unravels Kurosawa’s psyche.
The familiar themes of his movies, like samurais, battles, ordinary life struggles and really complex narratives are replaced by serene imagery, Japanese tradition and folklore, and urban legends accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack.
The movie is an anthology of eight different short stories tackling themes of spirituality, life and death, and nature all presented masterfully by Kurosawa’s unparalleled aesthetic taste. Creatures from Japanese mythology and folklore like kitsune (fox), oni (demons) and yuki onna (snow woman) appear in the stories as manifestations of human emotions.
The most interesting aspect of the movie is the fact that every short story → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema