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The video essay on the Criterion release is worth its weight in gold.
Remarkable movie. The tender trio of Abe, Teshigahara and Takemitsu prevail yet again.
It has a lot in common with TWITD and The Face of Another. It has the great backdrop and scenery of coal mines (much like the dunes in TWITD) and the commentary on human existence that feels like a trademark for Teshigahara. Pitfall is probably the most cinematic out of the three, as it features a seemingly interesting murder mystery and a surreal look on the land of the dead. The cinematography is top-notch as are the themes the movie wields.
Along with its two companion pieces, Pitfall forms a magnificent vision by a really talented director. It is one of those trilogies that you could talk about for hours on end in the right company. This film isn't as open to interpretation (aside from the the man in the suit) as TWITD or as rooted in philosophy as The Face of Another but it is really captivating and full of those little details that are just waiting for you to figure them out.
Nothing beats white rice.
Not as good as some of Teshigahara's other films, but some good landscapes and camerawork.
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This movie ranks #5 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #118 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #416 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #684 in Doubling the Canon