Re: Tenkô in Japanese film ?
Mark D. Roberts
Tue Aug 28 04:37:36 EDT 2007
Actually, I've not seen Yamada's "Kinema no tenchi" but I'm adding it
to the "to-see" list now. Isolde Standish's book is something I
recently skimmed looking for other information. It struck me as a
very solid piece of research, and I'm happy to have another excuse to
go look at it some more.
For a cross-cultural study of tenk?, it might also be interesting to
consider films produced in Vichy France. My sense is that compared
with Germany under the Nazis, fewer people felt the need to simply
escape, there are questions of how filmmakers negotiated with an
occupying authority, and the whole issue of collaboration/conversion
is more murky. I must admit that I know little about it, but I'm
wondering if that might provide another good point of comparison for
the situation in Japan, where, as you say, tenk? might be more the
exception than the norm, and filmmakers, writers, and critics were
focused more on coping strategies than exit visas.
I very much appreciate your suggestion that I take this up as a
longer project. It's certainly an interesting topic and I will give
it some thought. If you don't mind, I may contact you off the list in
the future to ask some questions, since you understand a lot of the
basic issues better than I.
Again, thanks very much for your ideas and support.
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