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Masters of Japanese Cinema

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1678
Section 001
Instructor Nina Cornyetz
Days Wed
Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 2.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM, GLOBAL


Course meets 1/25- 3/7 only.


We will view three films from the celebrated masters of Japanese filmmaking Ozu, Kurosawa and Mizoguchi, each of whom are famous for their technical innovations in cinematic space, time, and depth of field. The course focus will be on formal film syntax and how these filmmakers arrived at a set of filmic codes independent or in advance of what became the standard Hollywood ones. We will also consider how the films comment on the huge cultural shifts, particularly of values, in Japan’s twentieth century. Specifically, we will look at the ways in which the films handle gender relations, women’s roles, notions of truth, family, and “traditional values.” Readings will include selections from: Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing About Film , David Bordwell, Ozu and The Poetics of Cinema , Stephen Prince, The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa , Mark Le Fanu, Mizoguchi and Japan. The films will likely be: “Tokyo Story,” “Rashomon,” and “Sisters of the Gion.”

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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