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Voices From the Japanese Cinema

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One of the world's great cinemas has remained largely unexplored in Western books. What emerges from this one is in fact the first inside view of Japanese films, directors, and artists published in English. Among the great directors whose views are presented here are Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Koayashi, and the great master, Akira Kurosawa.

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Paperback, 295 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Liveright
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Patrick McCoy
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading Joan Mellen’s seminal Voices From The Japanese Cinema, out-of-print published in 1975 and based on interviews from 1974. Audie Bock used several quotations from this book in her fascinating study, Japanese Film Directors. The big difference between the books lies in the fact that Mellen wrote an introduction about each figure and then provided the interview that she had with each subject. Mellen has definite opinions each subject’s body of work and makes a point of singl ...more
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Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I don't know too much about the author Joan Mellen, but she put together a series of interviews with all the current Japanese directors at the time of this book being published (early 70's). So it covers Ozu to Oshima and it's a fascinating snapshot of one of my favorite cultural areas of the world.
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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 ...more
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