Maria Jose Gonzalez
tkarsavina at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 7 05:45:37 EST 2011
It might just be he hasn't looked further into it for whatever reasons or contacted the right people.Apart from the obvious NFC or the related but smaller institution in Kyoto,I would say some of the universities in the area could be interested.Just of the top of my head,Ritsumeikan could be one.
--- On Mon, 7/3/11, Linda Ehrlich <linda.ehrlich at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Linda Ehrlich <linda.ehrlich at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Miyagawa collection
To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
Date: Monday, 7 March, 2011, 7:04 PM
Thanks for your message, Mark. Yes, that was my question as well. The sense I got from Miyagawa Jiro is that there have been no real ¨bites¨ on this line within Japan, esp. within Kyoto. I didn´t press him for details because he seemed rather embarrassed about the fact. Linda E.
On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 3:38 AM, Mark Roberts <mroberts37 at mail-central.com> wrote:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
The National Film Center wasn't interested in this collection? Why not?
Is it really the case that no institutions in Japan want to preserve this?
Mark RobertsResearch Fellow, University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy
On Mar 7, 2011, at 5:18 PM, Linda Ehrlich wrote:
Dear KineJapan: Recently in Kyoto I had the pleasure of meeting Miyagawa Jiro, the son of the great cameraman Miyagawa Kazuo (1908-1999). In his design studio, I was able to view some of a large collection of objects (documents, photos, scripts, etc.) from the father’s long career with such directors as Kurosawa (RASHOMON), Mizoguchi (UGETSU, SANSHO THE BAILIFF), Ichikawa (KAGI), Shinoda (McARTHUR’S CHILDREN), Kurisaki Midori (SONEZAKI SHINJU), and so on. It is an extraordinary collection which includes Miyagawa’s own drawings on the scripts, rare photographs, even some reels of film. As just one example--I saw one photo of a young Miyagawa Kazuo with Yamanaka Sadao—a photo I have never seen in print.
But the sad news is—the Miyagawas have not been able to find a good repository for the preservation and display of those materials. The papers and photos are mostly sitting in yellow envelopes, gradually turning to dust. Even though Miyagawa-sensei won such prestigious awards as the Imperial Order of Culture, and a special tribute from the Academy of Motion Pictures, no Japanese library or cultural center has offered to undertake the preservation and display work.
My hope in sending this to KineJapan is to let Japanese film scholars and fans around the world know about this priceless treasure that needs attention. Jiro-san assured me that the Miyagawa family would support professional efforts at preservation of those materials that cover a wide span of Japanese film history. He also agreed to my sending out this message. Surely there is a university library or cultural center somewhere with funds to support the “Miyagawa collection.”
Years ago I had the honor of interviewing Miyagawa Kazuo in his lovely home in Kyoto. It is still a vibrant memory for me. He was not only one of the world’s greatest cinematographers, he was also a very warm and witty individual.
When I held Miyagawa Kazuo's personal script for Mizoguchi’s CHIKAMATSU MONOGATARI in my hands, I was amazed to see his careful drawings on every page. Although I received a few scanned sheets, they are hard to read and fail to convey the real impact. I hope others in the future will have the opportunity to explore this treasure trove of materials before the ink disappears and the paper crumbles away.
Linda C. Ehrlich
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