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Woman in the Dunes (1964) Poster

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For this film, Hiroshi Teshigahara became the first Japanese director to be nominated for a Oscar for directing.
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At one point, the entomologist collects an antlion. This insect is from the family Myrmeleontidae. The larval stage is often called a "doodlebug" in the United States. The insect ensnares its prey by digging out a pit in loose sand. When the prey falls into the pit, it is unable to get out and becomes food for the antlion. This is symbolic of the situation the entomologist himself encounters when he is trapped in the sand pit.
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One of Andrei Tarkovsky's ten favorite films
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Kyôko Kishida and director Hiroshi Teshigahara had a number of artistic differences in the film, ranging from Kishida's character's manner of dress to her symbolic importance. Kishida wanted to portray her character as a universal "every-woman" while Teshigahara insisted that her character was uniquely Japanese. Teshigahara's vision eventually won out.
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Raquel Welsh bought the rights in the mid-70's but she never managed to bring it to the screen.
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This is the second of four film collaborations involving director Hiroshi Teshigahara, author Kôbô Abe, and scorer Tôru Takemitsu. Their other film collaborations were Pitfall (1962), The Face of Another (1966), and The Man Without a Map (1968).
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Eiji Okada improvised much of the first dinner scene.
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 37th Academy Awards in 1965.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #394.
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Thos film has a 100% rating based on 27 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
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