PERFECTION OF PERPLEXION

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Posted in films, girls by okkame on January 10, 2011

  

 

Ako aka White Morning (1965)  is a great, and wonderful short film which could be argued as Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Last Picture Show or his take on The Beat Generation (possibly with a reference to 400 blows; what’s that spinning ride called?). This should be, as far as my experience is concerned, the most lighthearted fair Teshigahara’s ever staged, and befittingly his most Rock ‘N’ Roll and most emotionally psychedelic. 

During the course of Ako, a muzzy string of retained images of Jarmusch’s earlier works was aroused from my memory, but at the same time, there seemed some resistance inside my viewing head since it knew in probing the intersection (* but consider that Hiroshi Teshigahara is known as an avant-garde film maker) between the two, it must be the other way around. I wonder if Jarmusch knew this film.

Hiroshi Teshigahara incorporated a tasty dose of fluxus film and stream-of-consciousness elements into the film’s aesthetic formation to bewitching effect, which lends itself to render its narrative sensately and in a way, viscerally. It depicts a story about the freeing jaunt of a small group of city youths adrift, seemingly low-class but modern enough to look cool and enjoy life. Carrying a peculiar sense of humor and understated  sympathy, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s camera tags along and observes this party of queries and promises like a whimsical ghost who could have been a friend of theirs. It’s just a verdant moment of life but will be forever romanticized like the delighted smile of a girl in the last scene. If only Hiroshi Teshigahara had made a feature in this set !

 

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