Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited: A New Look at the Canon by Catherine RussellClassical Japanese Cinema Revisited: A New Look at the Canon by Catherine Russell

Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited: A New Look at the Canon

byCatherine Russell

Paperback | June 16, 2011

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Catherine Russell's highly accessible book approaches Japanese cinema as an industry closely modeled on Hollywood, focusing on the classical period - those years in which the studio system dominated all film production in Japan, from roughly 1930 to 1960. Respectful and thoroughly informed about the aesthetics and critical values of the Japanese canon, Russell is also critical of some of its ideological tendencies, and her analyses provide new insights on class and gender dynamics. Russell locates Japanese cinema within a global system of reception, and she highlights the importance of the industrial production context of these films. Including studies of landmark films by Ozu, Kurosawa and other directors, this book provides a perfect introduction to a crucial and often misunderstood area of Japanese cultural output. With a critical approach that highlights the "everydayness" of Japanese studio-era cinema, Catherine Russell demystifies the canon of great Japanese cinema, treating it with fewer auteurist and Orientalist assumptions than many other scholars and critics.
Catherine Russell is Professor of Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Canada.
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Title:Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited: A New Look at the CanonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 0.6 inPublished:June 16, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. The Classical, the Modern, and Japanese Cinema in the Global System 2. Yasujiro Ozu: A Short History of the Home Drama 3. Kenji Mizoguchi and his Women 4. Men with Swords and Men with Suits: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa 5. Mikio Naruse: A Japanese Woman's Cinema 6. Remembering the War: Three Postwar War Films Conclusion Filmography Bibliography Glossary

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Catherine Russell offers a refreshing reconsideration of classic works of Japanese Cinema from the 1930s to the 1950s. Arguing for a nuanced application of the concept of "modern classicism" and foregrounding the centrality of melodrama to the study of well-crafted, studio-era films by canonical filmmakers including Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa and Naruse, Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited moves elegantly between insightful reviews of individual films and a critical contextualization of the historical reception of these films in the West. Eminently readable and accessible, the book provides an excellent introduction to the golden era of Japanese cinema. --Yuriko Furuhata, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University