Phillip Glass did not have the image of Chloe’s ballerina-inspired silhouette when he wrote the score String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”. He read Mishima (三島 由紀夫)’s books and biography and had photographs of the film set in front of him. At the feverish music’s crescendo, Mishima’s pen and sword join in the single path, a path of Seppuku pride.
The intensity and passion in Phillip Glass’s music transcends the film of a protagonist with warlike instincts, to the video of a ballerina with arabesque elegance, a ballerina in the feather like taupe chiffon.