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Ugetsu Kenji Mizoguchi, Director

ISBN-10: 0813518628
ISBN-13: 9780813518626
Edition: 1993
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Description: Ugetsu Monogatari has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of the Japanese cinema since the moment in 1952 when its director, Kenji Mizoguchi, won a Silver Lion award for the film at the Venice Festival. Western audiences immediately recognized  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Ugetsu Monogatari has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece of the Japanese cinema since the moment in 1952 when its director, Kenji Mizoguchi, won a Silver Lion award for the film at the Venice Festival. Western audiences immediately recognized the pictorial beauty of Ugetsu and the lyrical power of Mizoguchi's camera movements, but most viewers have found the film's narrative elements puzzling and unsettling. Ugetsu seems to move between two radically different worlds: the first is a world at war, conveyed with graphic realism; the second, a highly stylized world of the supernatural, filled with ghosts and apparitions. To understand why Mizoguchi chose to incorporate these disparate experiences in one film and ultimately to integrate them requires an awareness of Mizoguchi's customary themes and of cultural contexts that would be familiar to his Japanese audience.This volume presents a complete continuity script of Ugetsu and an introductory essay by Keiko McDonald, analyzing the complex issues of Japanese culture revealed in the film. Also included are a letter from Mizoguchi to his longtime scriptwriter, the late Yoshikata Yoda; the complete texts of the two Japanese tales on which the film was based; Japanese, European and American reviews and commentaries, some appearing for the first time in English; and a filmography and bibliography.  

Introduction
Ugetsu: Why Is It a Masterpiece?
Kenji Mizoguchi: A Biographical Sketch
Ugetsu
Credits and Cast
The Continuity Script
Contexts
Sources
"The House Amid the Thickets" and "The Lust of the White Serpent"
Preproduction: The Script
Letter from Kenji Mizoguchi to His Scriptwriter Yoshikata Yoda
Reviews and Commentaries
Reviews
Kinema Jumpo
New York Times
Motion Picture Herald
Time
Art
The Observer
Films and Filming
Commentaries
What Is Mise-en-Scene?
Distance and Beauty in the Films of Mizoguchi
The Master Mizoguchi in Six Critical Perspectives: Ugetsu
Mizoguchi Kenji
Mizoguchi: The Ghost Princess and the Seaweed Gatherer
The Samurai Film without Samurai
Ugetsu
The Subject and Form of Traditional Theater Made into a Film - Ugetsu
Filmography and Bibliography
Mizoguchi Filmography, 1923-1956
Selected Bibliography

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