Retro

MABABANGONG BANGUNGOT

parfümierte Alptraum
Kidlat Tahimik
Philippinen 1977
93min
V'07

There are a precious few directors who are willing to jump heedlessly off into the abyss of their own imagination for the sake of artistic expression. Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of them. The Francis Ford Coppola who made \"Apocalypse Now\" is another. Kidlat Tahimik, director of \"The Perfumed Nightmare\" is one more. What is most remarkable is that he produced a film using scant resources but containing imagery to which most big-budget Hollywood visuals can barely compare.

Filled with dreams, tangents, flashbacks, breathtaking religious imagery, Tahimik's ironic Mark Twain-esquire voice-overs, and bizarre visual ideations using mixed film-stocks and color schemes, the storyline follows a young primitive Filipino village jeep-driver and his journey from progressive worshiper of all things Western to dispirited critic of the West after travelling to Europe. I mention Jodorowsky here because his films are the only ones I can compare this one to: both are like pure symbolic representations of the unconscious mind.

Credits
  • Georgette Baudry
  • Mang Fely
  • Katrin Muller
  • Harmut Lerch
  • Dolores Santamaria
  • Kidlat Tahimik
Kidlat Tahimik
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