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10-10-06 - 10/10/06 Japan Akira Kurosawa, Mizoguchi...

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10/10/06 Japan Akira Kurosawa, Mizoguchi Rashoman Process of storytelling, how to get to the truth Japan’s cinema spans the entire century, early influence of European film Very late transition to sound, 1938, economic and technological problems The role of the “benshi”—level of commentary to the audience, favored by the people, linked mass medium to particular audience Beginning of Japanese economic boom after Allied occupation in 1951 New construction restored the number of theaters, then eventually tripled it Period dramas (banned during occupation to stop representations of feudalism) cut off historical continuity, then after occupation links present with rich history Why did feudal stories seem so popular in a period of economics and modernism? Why did foreign markets like these films so much? 1960s, film production declined because of the growing television business Television didn’t kill the period drama; it just took over the genre Kurosawa Cultural identity and modernization/humanism and feudal narratives of samurai class
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course FTV 106C taught by Professor Noriega during the Fall '06 term at UCLA.

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