Cinema, Censorship, and the State

From October Books

Cinema, Censorship, and the State

The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978

By Nagisa Oshima

Edited by Annette Michelson

Translated by Dawn Lawson

The texts in this volume make up an intellectual autobiography that reveals a rare conjunction of personal candor and political commitment.
Hardcover $58.00 S
Paperback $30.00 X £25.00

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The texts in this volume make up an intellectual autobiography that reveals a rare conjunction of personal candor and political commitment.

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 Oshima's theory and practice.The writings are arranged in chronological order and cover the period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. Following a historical overview of the contemporary Japanese cinema, a substantial section articulates the theoretical and political rationale of 0shima's film production. 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. | 7 in x 9 in

Paperback

$30.00 X | £25.00 ISBN: 9780262650397 320 pp. | 7 in x 9 in

Editors

Annette Michelson

Annette Michelson (1922–2018) was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she wrote on art and cinema for more than five decades. Some of Michelson's essays on film were recently published in On the Eve of the Future: Selected Writings on Film (MIT Press).

Contributors

Dawn Lawson.