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Japanese Cinema, 1960s

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1679
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 3/21 - 5/2 only.


The 1960s has been called the golden age of Japanese cinema by many. We will view three critically acclaimed films from the period: Shinoda Masahiro, “Double Suicide”, Kurosawa Akira, “Yojimbo,” and Teshigahara Hiroshi, “Woman in the Dunes.” The course will focus equally on formal film syntax and the “message” of the films. We will be attentive to the cultural and historical context in which the films were first released to explore what these films are saying about postwar Japanese art, culture and society and how they are saying it. Readings may include: Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing About Film, Chikamatsu, “Love Suicides at Amijima,” Brett de Bary, “Not Another Double Suicide,” Louis Althusser, Ideology and the State , Selections from Andrew Gordon, ed., Postwar Japan as History,  Stephen Prince, The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa , and Nina Cornyetz, The Ethics of Aesthetics in Japanese Cinema and Literature .



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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