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Murder and More: 3 Films by Imamura Shohei

Semester and Year SP 2014
Course Number IDSEM-UG1697
Section 001
Instructor Nina Cornyetz
Days Wed
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 2.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM, GLOBAL


Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 26; Last Class: May 7.


Imamura Shohei (1926-2006) was one of Japan’s most highly acclaimed film directors, twice awarded the Cannes’ Golden Palm award. This course will explore three of his films, The Insect Woman , Pigs and Battleships, and Vengeance is Mine , each of which takes a hard look at the seedy side of modern Japanese society, depicting, respectively, a prostitute, gangsters, and a serial murderer. We will support our film viewings with analytic treatments of the films, alongside readings on Japanese history and tradition. Possible texts include: Gluck, Postwar Japan as History; Richie, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film; Washburn and Cavanaugh, Word and Image in Japanese Cinema .



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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