PBR Streetgang wrote:
Do people have recommendations for films featuring industrial landscapes as a setting or industry in general as a theme of the film?
Films like The Red Desert (Antonioni), Pitfall (Teshigahara), Still Life (Jia), Manufactured Landscapes (Burtynsky & Baichwal) etc
I'd have to think about this, but I too love this kind of a setting in film. Great thread idea tm. There's just something about the decay of it all that gets to me, it's oddly beautiful and 'comforting' in a weird way. Red Desert and Still Life are some favorites of mine of course.
I'd say most Bela Tarr films fit the glove, especially Damnation
. A lot of earlier Ozu films also set themselves in a more industrial milieu than from his later work which are more modernized/bourgeois. The Only Son
is another good choice, tho I must admit, because of his idiosyncratic style (even then), Ozu's handling of it has much different effects than the drift-y experiences I get from this category usually. And I would surmise that it's because he handles his actors more prominently with a higher emphasis on pathos to detract you from feeling too 'lived in' or seeing it as an exotic wonder like an Antonioni or Tarr film. Those dudes are purposefully detached so you notice those details of the environment, not to mention it serves their usual themes of alienation ideally. Ozu in contrast made a legacy of constantly staying balanced between character and environment.