Day 206: Dersu Uzala (1975) + The Outback Experience

Dersu Uzala (1975)

With less than twelve hours to go before I leave on the big Outback NSW trip, I thought I’d squeeze one last Kurosawa movie in. It’s 170-minutes long and tells the story of a Russian’¬†explorers experience¬†with the nomadic hunter, Dersu Uzala, in the wilderness of Eastern Russia. I planned to watch disc one and watch disc two while travelling. In the end, as always, I decided to watch it all in the one sitting.

I read an English-translation of the book when I was thirteen and found the movie fascinating, then and now. A great study of a man’s affinity with the land.

‘The Outback Experience’

Feeling like crap, but have to pack the car. It’s a lot of work. A lot of carrying when you’re already carrying a belly that feels like its got a bowling ball inside. The exertion causes real pain which means I have to stop and lie down on the carpet in the piano room and wait until it subsides enough to start the next effort of packing.

[p.s. Finally, at 1130 I was packed and head off to pick up the girls from their overnight stays.]

With twelve days on the road doing my Outback experience I don’t know how many films I’m going to get to see.

Heading for O’Connell, NSW.