Atman, a film by Toshio Matsumoto


Atman was made four years after Metastasis in 1975, and shares similar features: another static object—a woman sitting outdoors wearing a hannya demon mask from the Noh theatre—is seen from different angles in a succession of crash zooms and encircling jump cuts. Infra-red film gives the scene its lurid colouring this time; as in as in Metastasis the picture occasionally bleaches to white. Toshi Ichiyanagi once again provides an electronic soundtrack. Ten minutes of this makes for a very strange film. Watch it here.

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Metastasis, a film by Toshio Matsumoto