Precious Bodily Fluids

A Sentence on Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters

With a structure alone that sets it apart from the fraught-with-contemporary-failures category of biopics, Paul Shrader’s Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters is marvelous to behold, swelling with rhapsodic music, filled with gloriously textured images, and showing a conceit for genre stereotypes dictating that “accuracy” is the heart of biography, instead bearing faithfulness to Mishima’s own vision that truth is best conveyed through the marriage of literature and art, pen and sword, word and action, through whose union alone can beauty be born.

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This entry was published on September 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm. It’s filed under 1980s Cinema, American film, Japanese Film, One-Sentence Reviews, Photoessays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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