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THE MAN WITHOUT A MAP

Japan, 1968 (MIFF 1969, Programme 4)

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara

A detective, engaged to find a missing man. discovers that the people who knew him are untroubled. One young man who might help him is mysteriously killed. The detective loses his job . . . and then realizes that he is himself a missing man, homeless, jobless, without identity. . .

With his bold and beautiful allegory, Woman in the Dunes, Teshigahara became an international success. Then, at last year's Festival, The Face of Another proved equally unforgettable and further confirmed the director's profound concern with the human condition and his idiosyncratic way of exploring it.

This, his first colour film, extends his style and increases his stature. The action takes place in Tokyo, and he speeds up his tempo to match the city's pace. He experiments with solarization and uses his colour imaginatively and to great effect.

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