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In the Realm of the Senses
by Joan Mellen
Declared obscene in Japan, where it has never been shown in its entirety, Oshima Nagisa's In the Realm of the Senses, was shown uncut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976: thirteen screenings were required to satisfy audience demand. The unprecedented explicitness with which the film presented sexual acts inevitably caused widespread controversy. But this is not a film whic ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by British Film Institute
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This is the last of the BFI Film Classics series I will be reading (unless the library buys some more); it is by the same author, Joan Mellen, as the first two that I read back in 2011, on Modern Times and Seven Samurai. This is a study of the 1976 film by Oshima Nagisa, based on the true story of Abe Sada, a prostitute who strangled her lover in 1936. As with most of the other BFI books, I watched the film (Amazon Instant Video) before reading it. This is the only film I have seen by Oshima, an ...more
I was quite impressed with Joan Mellen’s approach to film criticism after reading her seminal book, Voices From The Japanese Cinema, so I sought out some other titles. One of her other projects was a short book-length essay for BFI Film Classics on Nagisa Oshima’s taboo breaking film In The Realm of the Senses . It is a fascinating look at the infamous film. Mellen brings a storehouse of knowledge to the project about Japanese culture, history, film, and the life and career of Oshima. In the sec ...more
Joan Mellen is the bestselling author of twenty books, including A Farewell to Justice, her biographical study of Jim Garrison s New Orleans investigation of the Kennedy assassination. She has written for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Baltimore Sun. Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in ...moreMore about Joan Mellen...