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  • The Filmmaker Overview Essay
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  • Uploaded by : Marc Lafia | Tue Jan 13 21:17:46 UTC 2009
  • Description : excerpt haring formal and social audacity, a brilliant ability to exploit the widescreen format, a rejection of the refined and self-sacrificing tenor of traditional Japanese cinema, a propensity for mixing fiction and reality, and certain key themes – sex and criminality, the abuse and resilience of women, incest, the social fissures of postwar Japan, the aggravated acts of outcasts in a tightly battened monoculture – Imamura and Oshima nevertheless can be construed as contraries, if not opposites. (It would be illuminating to pair certain of their films: Imamura’s A Man Vanishes with Oshima’s The Man Who Left His Will on Film; Pigs and Battleships with The Sun’s Burial; Vengeance Is Mine with Violence at Noon.) Where Imamura made defiantly “messy” and “juicy” (his preferred terms) films that celebrated the irrational, the instinctual, the carnal, squalid, violent, and superstitious life of Japan’s underclass, Oshima’s films are primarily ideational, probing, and controlled even when anarchic
  • Movements : International Film, Experimental Film and Film Criticism and Theory
  • Themes : spare, smart, rebel, primal, sophisticated, tense, visceral, tragic, severe, implosive, violent, self-reflection, power, social revolution and experimental

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