Sunday, December 13, 2009

82 the sun (sokurov, 2005)

Presumably the last of a trilogy, following Taurus (Lenin) and Moloch (Hitler), Sokurov provides clues into the film's psychology by creating an atmosphere out of light and color. If the estate occupied by Bolshevik leader, now elderly and infirm, is allowed a serene, dignified twilight, and Hitler seems a prisoner of a seemingly haunted mountain retreat, the surrounding wintry landscape as barren as following an apocalypse, then Emperor Hirohito is bathed mostly in golden sunset, or else roaming alone through darkened interiors.

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