The social and cultural tensions vividly represented in the special exhibition Deco Japan were also manifest in cinema production at this time, which was extremely prolific, popular, and experimental. Peter Doebler, doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union, will illustrate this in his presentation “I Was Modern, But”: Tradition and Innovation in 1930s Japanese Film.
The title references Yasujiro Ozu’s movie I was Born But... (1932), one of the works Doebler will analyze during this talk in the NCR Renaissance Auditorium. While also examining Hiroshi Shimizu’s Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933) and Mikio Naruse’s No Blood Relation (1932), Doebler will discuss the ways these filmmakers negotiated the intersection of modernism and tradition through the most modern of art forms, providing a unique perspective for consideration of the objects in the exhibition.
If you’re a fan of both film and art deco, you’ll want to make sure you attend this talk!
How To Go
"I Was Modern, But": Tradition and Innovation in 1930s Japanese Film
Date: January 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Location: NCR Renaissance Auditorium
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 937-223-4ART (4278).