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It's not long now till the Berlin International Film Festival's 2014 Retrospective. Discover the book that inspired it, Daisuke Miyao's The Aesthetics of Shadow:

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The Aesthetics of Shadow
Lighting and Japanese Cinema

Daisuke Miyao

  "The Aesthetics of Shadow is sophisticated and superbly researched, breaking new ground with the richness of its historical detail."-Frances Guerin, author of A Culture of Light: Cinema and Technology in 1920s Germany

 "Miyao's fascinating insights into the art of lighting...impressed us so greatly that we are curating our film programme in close cooperation with him"-Rainer Rother, Head of the Retrospective at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014

"Film-history texts can often be dull, lack real insight beyond a litany of factual information, and plod along to foregone conclusions...Daisuke Miyao's The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Japanese Cinema isn't only an exception to these rules, but establishes a benchmark for which contemporary film-history research should aim...[H]e achieves this, at least in part, by structuring his scholarship as more of a thriller, than merely the standard (and soporific) fact-upon-fact approach." -Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine

   "The Aesthetics of Shadow tracks through Japanese film history with an eye on the cultural and technological underpinnings of aesthetic change. Many people have written on the aesthetic transformations of Japanese film in the first half of the twentieth century, but no one has done it with such close attention to the material basis of cinema. It is a refreshingly new approach to Japanese history. Daisuke Miyao delivers a lively and fascinating account of cinematography in the first half-century of Japanese cinema."-Abé Mark Nornes, author of Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary

   In this revealing study, Daisuke Miyao explores "the aesthetics of shadow" in Japanese cinema in the first half of the twentieth century. This term, coined by the production designer Yoshino Nobutaka, refers to the perception that shadows add depth and mystery. Miyao analyzes how this notion became naturalized as the representation of beauty in Japanese films, situating Japanese cinema within transnational film history. He examines the significant roles lighting played in distinguishing the styles of Japanese film from American and European film and the ways that lighting facilitated the formulation of a coherent new Japanese cultural tradition.

Duke University Press

64 illustrations

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