Hatched is getting in the mood for love this week as we countdown to February 14. We’ll be celebrating St. Valentine with a Live Sound Cinema event to Buster Keaton’s The Navigator but, until then, we’re engaging in a little “staff favorites” foreplay with of our favorite loved-up flicks. 

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From our dearly departing Ross…Woman in the Dunes…

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes shows what happens when a bunch of crazy villagers push an innocent entomologist in a giant hole in the sand and force him to work for a slave woman shoveling sand. The relationship that forms between the man and the woman isn’t really classic cinematic love, but rather a strikingly realistic portrayal of human romance. They initially become lovers not because they love each other, but because they have to love each other, basically. Completely isolated in a giant sand hole, what else is there to do but be wild, unbridled lovers? It’s weird and sexy and the black and white close-ups of sand covered skin are fucking awesome. Other romantic movies don’t come close to this one.