A Man Vanishes

A Man Vanishes

Directed by: Shohei Imamura

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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“If A MAN VANISHES— a movie about a disappearance and the transformation of reality into an ever more mercurial mystery, a vertiginous drama and the very stuff of cinema — played at the Cannes Film Festival this year, it would have been hailed as a thrilling discovery. That surely will be the response of filmgoers lucky enough to see this 1967 masterwork from the Japanese director Shohei Imamura (1926-2006)… Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.…

“Years after Imamura made A MAN VANISHES he said that he came away ‘feeling that fiction — no matter how close to reality — could never be as truthful as unmediated documentary.’” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

NR, 130 Minutes, In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 1967

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