C LIT 315 D: National Cinemas

The Films of Naruse Mikio
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Meets Department Requirements: 
Cinema Studies Core
Meets GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts
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T Th 11:30-13:20
MLR 316

Naruse Mikio (1905-1969), along with Ozu Yasujiro, Kurosawa Akira, and Mizoguchi Kenji, was one of the great directors working in Japanese
cinema, though he is less known in the United States than these peers. Born into straightened circumstances, Naruse remained focused on the
plight of the disadvantaged in modern Japanese society, with a particular concern for the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society.
Rather than rendering them helpless victims, Naruse created some of the most complex and resilient female characters found in modern Japanese film.

Even as we focus on the director of these films, we will also be examining the performances of the major actors who appeared in them, particularly
Takamine Hideko, Tanaka Kinuyo, and Hara Setsuko, and on one author, Hayashi Fumiko, whose novels became the bases for a number of Naruse's films.  We will begin with the 1931 silent film, "Flunky, Work Hard," and continue through to his final film, "Scattered Clouds" (1967).  No
knowledge of Japanese is required; all films are subtitled in English.

Catalog Description: 
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.

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