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Robert Giddings

submarine and the might of Nazi sea power. In 1958 he directed an adaptation of Richard Mason’s romantic wartime novel The Wind Cannot Read , with Dirk Bogarde as a naive British officer who falls in love with a young Japanese interpreter with terminal brain disease. 8 The doomed romance is enacted in a threatening and exotic (and confusing) Raj setting. It has one extraordinary sequence, usually cut for transmission on British

in British cinema of the 1950s
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Paul Henley

1 The only comparable example known to me is from Japan, where television support of ethnographic film-making took the form of the series, Our Wonderful World . This was produced for a prime-time slot by the now-defunct company Nippon A-V from 1966 until 1990. Its focus was primarily on societies of the Asia-Pacific region, though it also featured films shot in Africa, South America and Europe. Although the films were not generally based on the work of academic anthropologists, they were often shot in an ethnographic

in Beyond observation
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

no Emmy campaign. The British were much kinder to us: we got more media attention in Britain than we did in the USA. There In t e rv i e ws was also enormous attention in all the newspapers to the launch in Japan: even the right-​wing press was fair in its coverage; they were, however, less open on the issue of Japanese barbarism in World War Two, that’s a sensitive issue still. Their leaders still worship at a shrine where there are thirteen or fourteen class-​A war criminals. The Japanese have never understood these crimes because they have no official history

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
Paul Henley

, as well as four elderly ‘grannies’ who dress in traditional Naxi minority dress and do everything together. In Shanghai Vice , they include the daughter of the Lijiang doctor, Teng Shao, who has come to Shanghai to study, thereby linking the two series, as well as a diverse range of other characters, including Teng Shao's landlady, the latter's gentleman companion who is a professor of Japanese, a well-known radio talk-show host, a group of Chinese opera performers, as well as a young boy suffering from a serious

in Beyond observation
Isabel Quigly

continued to send us its daily diet, which, for all the developments in life and film-making, seemed more familiar than any other and still gave the screens a high percentage of their protein. From the rest of the world new arrivals meant new riches: they came in from India and Japan, Scandinavia and Australia, from Czechoslovakia and Poland and the USSR, South America and the Middle East and other places here and there, and

in British cinema of the 1950s
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The early films of John Marshall and Timothy Asch
Paul Henley

Commission (AEC) was largely funding the expedition, including the film work. One of the principal aims of this research was to study the population genetics of the Yanomamɨ so that they could be used as a control group against which to measure the effects of nuclear radiation on the genetic profile of the Japanese survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. The AEC is duly acknowledged in the opening credits of both films shot on this first expedition and is even identified as one of the holders of the copyright, along with Asch and Chagnon. In the

in Beyond observation
Paul Henley

, Native American, Japanese and Spanish performers at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo in 1900, and four sequences of different phases of the Snake Dance at the Hopi village of Walpi in 1901, as described in Chapter 1 , the great majority of the Edison films around this time were either about culturally mainstream North American subjects, or consisted of real or enacted scenes from the Spanish-American or Boer wars. The number of films featuring culturally exotic subject matter produced by the Lumière company was far higher. So too was the

in Beyond observation
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

criticism of Stone had been academically proprietorial. He was accused of presenting himself as a historian, and Wilentz’s criticisms drew on that unease. Yet Stone had moved ever closer to documentary traditions and with it historical accountability, but here he was, still being held up to feature film criticisms and contentions. Following the series, Stone continued expounding the programme’s views in a series of engagements. In August 2013, before taking part in a speaking tour of Japan, he joined in with protesters on Jeju island in South Korea who were opposing the

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
An allegory of imperial rapport
Deirdre Gilfedder

Japanese invasion forced a change in foreign policy. 16 The main political debate in Australia was around economic policy to combat the disastrous effects of the Depression. The left of the Labor party opposed imperial financial policies as well as the conservative culture of loyalism

in The British monarchy on screen
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Authorship, praxis, observation, ethnography
Paul Henley

, notably into the work of Jean Rouch, the leading French ethnographic film-maker who is a towering figure in the field, and about whose film-making I have already written at length in an earlier book. 1 I am only too aware that many traditions of ethnographic film-making have been developed in other languages, not only within Europe but also in other continents, notably Latin America, China and Japan. Even with regard to English-language films, I have had to be highly selective, and there are many film-makers whose works

in Beyond observation