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An Overview of Japanese Cinema & Japanese Film as a Source for Research on Modern Japan
December 4, 2017 - 15:15-17:00
JapanSession: Dick Stegewerns
Public guest lecture on the history of Japanese cinema by Dick Stegewerns, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.
This lecture will give an introduction to what is now exactly 120 years of Japanese cinema. The emphasis will be on special characteristics of the Japanese film industry, such as the theatrical nature of its roots and early (silent) history, its use for government (war) propaganda, the belated rise of independent cinema, the erotic format of political cinema, etc. These features link to retrospectives which the lecturer has curated at the Danish Film Institute, and the weekend before this lecture will mark the start of a program on Japanese cinema of the 1930s at the DFI’s Cinemateket.
The second part of the lecture will deal with the use of film as a source for research into modern and contemporary Japan. Dr. Stegewerns will give examples of his use of film in his research projects on Japanese views of the outside world, on collective war memories, and on the visualization of Japanese history.