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Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History

Book Title

Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History

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Publication Date

11-1992

Editors

Arthur Nolletti Jr., David Desser

Publisher

Indiana University Press

Place of Publication

Bloomington, IN

Keywords

Motion pictures

Subject

Motion pictures -- Japan.

Department

English

Disciplines

Film and Media Studies

Description

This valuable anthology offers 15 essays of unrelenting quality and fascination. The "D" section is highlighted by Donald Ritchie's close analysis of a scene from Ozu's Late Autumn (1960) with a telling eyewitness report of its odd shooting. In other pieces, Gosho's work of the 1930s is surveyed; Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu (1932) is read as a patriarchal subtext; and Ikiru (1952) is examined as Kurosawa's typical reworking of his own materials. From the French comes Max Tessier's fine study of Oshima. The "D" section offers two excellent pieces on the samurai film; one each on the yakuza (gangster film) and on Japanese comedy; and a close reading of Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain (1959). The "D" section features J.L. Anderson's brilliant study of the katsuben (the live commentators on silent films) plus two studies of the first Japanese films and of the early use of sound. David Bordwell provides a typically shrewd study of decorative functions in the postwar classic Japanese film. The editors provide useful introductions to each piece and an excellent bibliography. This uniformly first-class collection would be a perfect text for a Japanese film course.

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Former faculty.

ISBN

FBC139

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Article

Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History

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