Mizoguchi and Japan (Hardcover)

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For a majority of filmgoers, the names most usually associated with classic Japanese cinema are those of Kurosawa and Ozu. Yet during the early 1950s, at the same time that Kurosawa was becoming known to the public through the release of classics such asRashomonandThe Seven Samurai, another Japanese director, Kenji Mizoguchi, quietly came out with a trilogy of films--The Life ofOharu, Ugetsu Monogatari, andSansho the Bailiff--that are the equal of Kurosawa's in mastery, and that by any standard rank among the greatest and most enduring masterpieces of world cinema. Despite Mizoguchi's extraordinary qualities as a filmmaker, this is the first full-length study in English devoted to his work in over twenty years. Mark Le Fanu eloquently demonstrates that Mizoguchi's films are as vibrant now as they were in his heyday, and that the director richly deserves the praise lavished on him by the French film reviewCahiers du Cinema, which recently hailed Mizoguchi as "the greatest of all cineastes.

About the Author

Mark Le Fanu lives and works in Denmark, where he is director of film history at the European Film College. Besides his interest in Japanese cinema, he is the author of a widely-acclaimed pioneer study of the Russian film-maker Tarkovsky (The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, BFI books), and is a frequent contributor to journals such as Sight & Sound and Positif.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781844570560
ISBN-10: 1844570568
Publisher: British Film Institute
Publication Date: August 11th, 2005
Pages: 224
Language: English