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The Cinema of Gosho Heinosuke : Laughter Through Tears - Arthur Nolletti

The Cinema of Gosho Heinosuke

Laughter Through Tears

Paperback Published: 15th April 2005
ISBN: 9780253217257
Number Of Pages: 331

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"The elegant, graceful, and deeply humanistic cinema of Gosho Heinosuke has found its perfect English-language explication in this equally elegant, graceful, and humanistic study by Arthur Nolletti. A director of wide-ranging interests, Gosho was at his strongest in stories of ordinary Japanese life. Like Mizoguchi he had a particular strength and sensitivity to women's issues; like Ozu he was a delicate yet piercing commentator on middle-class life. But he had a voice and style of his own, and Nolletti is careful to define and describe this sensibility in telling detail." -- David Desser

Through close readings of the most significant films of Gosho Heinosuke and descriptions of their historical, social, and industrial contexts, Arthur Nolletti illuminates the work of this important director. The careful attention Gosho gave to even the smallest gestures and nuances of character and emotion is matched by the breadth of Nolletti's research and the depth of his understanding. His analysis illustrates the important influence of Gosho's unique style and sensibility on cinematic form in Japan and beyond.

With this work Nolletti (English, Framingham State College) closes a gap in the anglophone literature on the history of Asian cinema. . . . Nolletti's intention is that this book, which includes a useful filmography, will inspire further research on this great filmmaker, and it is certain to do so. Summing Up: Essential. Readers at all levels. December 2005--Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Gosho and Shomin Comedy in the 1930sp. 13
Dancing Girl of Izu (1933) and the Junbungaku Movementp. 43
Woman of the Mist (1936): Blending the Shomin-geki, Shitamachi, and Romantic Melodramap. 63
Once More (1947) and Gosho's Romanticism in the Early Occupation Periodp. 83
Where Chimneys Are Seen (1953): A New Kind of Shomin-gekip. 107
An Inn at Osaka (1954): Money, Democracy, and Limited Knowledgep. 131
Growing Up (1955): Adapting the Meiji-mono, Reconfiguring the Shomin-gekip. 156
The Late 1950s: New Challenges and the Quest to Createp. 182
Gosho in the 1960s: Changing Times, Undiminished Masteryp. 212
Three Filmsp. 245
Notesp. 255
Filmography: Gosho Heinosukep. 283
Selected Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780253217257
ISBN-10: 0253217253
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 15th April 2005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 14.73  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.59