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Joan Mellen

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“My Mind Was Always on the Commoners”: Shindo on Kuroneko in His Body of Work
“My Mind Was Always on the Commoners”: Shindo on Kuroneko in His Body of Work

The following is excerpted from a 1972 interview that film scholar Joan Mellen conducted with director Kaneto Shindo. The interview originally appeared in the 1975 book Voices from the Japanese Cinema. I find the social dimension of your films very c…

By Joan Mellen

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Harakiri: Kobayashi and History

Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi came of age in the postwar moment, a time when filmmakers were at the vanguard of dissident expression in that country. Drawing upon a rich history of protest in Japanese cinema, which had fallen dormant during t…

By Joan Mellen