A part-fact, part-fiction narrative that challenges the very notion of whether true documentary can even exist.
| Original Score: 3/4
The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.
Here truth is presented as a series of clashing, circular stories, both multi-faceted and theatricalised, while the film's real subject remains forever hidden.
Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.
| Original Score: 4/5
Messy experimental pic that starts out as a documentary but changes to fiction.
| Original Score: B
The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction.
Even for those who have seen the kind of productions since inspired by this daring experiment, A Man Vanishes should not be missed-or forgotten.
Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.
| Original Score: 5/5