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From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films : Modern Japanese Literature in Films - Keiko I. McDonald

From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films

Modern Japanese Literature in Films

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1999
ISBN: 9780765603876
Number Of Pages: 344

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Of all the world s cinemas, Japan's is perhaps unique in its closeness to the nation's literature, past and contemporary. The Western world became aware of this when Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon was awarded the Grand Prize at the Venice film festival in 1951 and the Oscar for best foreign film in 1952. More recent examples include Shohei Imamura's Eel, which won the Palm d'Or (Best Picture) at Cannes in 1997.

From Book to Screen breaks new ground by exploring important connections between Japan's modern literary tradition and its national cinema. The first part offers an historical and cultural overview of the working relationship that developed between pure literature and film. It deals with three important periods in which filmmakers relied most heavily on literary works for enriching and developing cinematic art. The second part provides detailed analyses of a dozen literary works and their screen adoptions.

Shifts in Creative Emphasis
The Camera Looks at Melodrama: 1908-1920
Literature More Pure Than Popular: 1935-41
More Freedoms More Troubles: 1951-1959
Writing as Directed: A Re-Creative Enterprise
A Lyrical Novella Revamped: Gosho's Izu Dancer (1933)
Freedom to Stray from the Straight and Narrow: Mizoguchi's Lady Musashino
Religion and Politics: Kumai's The Sea and Poison (1985)
The Modern Outcast State: Ichikawa's The Broken Commandment
Cuts in Plot and Characters: Higashi's A River with No Bridge (1992)
More of a Just-So Story: Shimazu's The Story of Shunkin (1935)
Differently True: Toyoda's A Strange Tale from East of the River (1960)
Living the Postwar Life: Naruse's Older Brother, Younger Sister (1953)
The Pain of Emancipation: Shinoda's Maihime (Die Tnzerin, 1989)
Back to the Mirror of the Past: Morita's Sorekara (1987)
Stylistic Experiment: Teshigahara's The Face of Another (1966)
Rehearsing Death: Takabayashi's The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1976)
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ISBN: 9780765603876
ISBN-10: 076560387X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 31st May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.05  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.6