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The Ephemeral as Transcultural Aesthetic: a Contextualization of the Early Films of Ozu Yasujiro

Standish, Isolde (2012) 'The Ephemeral as Transcultural Aesthetic: a Contextualization of the Early Films of Ozu Yasujiro.' Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 4 (1). pp. 3-14.

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Abstract

This paper argues that through the privileging functions of camera lenses both fragmenting and highlighting, and through the formal processes of camera movement and editing, cinema is the material manifestation of an aesthetics of the ephemeral of modernity par excellence, being characterized by the time-space separation of modernity, and the accompanying reflexive ‘ordering and reordering’ of knowledge. Therefore, following Anthony Giddens’ sociological understanding of the ‘consequences of modernity’, this paper seeks to theorize the emergent technology of cinema, the techniques of its use, and the resultant aesthetic of the ‘ephemeral’ at the historical juncture when it was exported from the US and Europe to the non-western world with particular reference to Japan and the serious shōshimingeki (lower middle-classes) films directed by Ozu Yasujirō in the mid-1930s.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
ISSN: 17564905
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1386/jjkc.4.1.3_1
Depositing User: Isolde Standish
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 11:49
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/14592

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