Cinema, Censorship, and the State
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Cinema, Censorship, and the State

The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978

By Nagisa Oshima

Edited by Annette Michelson

Translated by Dawn Lawson

The more than 40 writings that make up this intellectual autobiography reveal a rare conjunction of personal candor and political commitment.

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The more than 40 writings that make up this intellectual autobiography reveal a rare conjunction of personal candor and political commitment.

The First time I made a film in color... I imposed a small taboo on myself internally. It was to never shoot the color green. Nagisa Oshima is generally regarded as the most important Japanese film director after Kurosawa and is one of Japan's most productive and celebrated postwar artists. His early films represent the Japanese New Wave at its zenith, and the films he has made since (including In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) have won international acclaim. The more than 40 writings that make up this intellectual autobiography reveal a rare conjunction of personal candor and political commitment. Entertaining, concise, disarmingingly insightful, they trace in vivid and carefully articulated detail the development of 0shima's theory and practice.The writings are arranged in chronological order and cover the period from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. Following a historical overview of contemporary Japanese cinema, a substantial section articulates the theoretical and political rationale of 0shima's own film production, which he sees as being profoundly influenced by the social formation and political processes of postwar Japan. Among many other topics considered in his essays, Oshima questions the economics of film production, the ethics of the documentary film, censorship (both political and sexual), and the relation of aesthetics and social taboos. A filmography and notes round out this important collection.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262150408 320 pp. | 9 in x 7 in

Paperback

$28.00 X | £22.00 ISBN: 9780262650397 320 pp. | 9 in x 7 in

Editors

Annette Michelson

Annette Michelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she has written on art and cinema for more than five decades.

Contributors

Dawn Lawson.