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The Inside Image Out, Japan
Akira Mizuta Lippit, Professor and Chair of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Literatures,University of Southern California
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
This presentation looks at the convergence of solitude and violence in Japanese cinema at the turn of the millennium. Following the expressions of loneliness and violence in these films, Lippit suggests that the excessive forms of each affect or expression bind them together into a peculiar image that permeates the Japanese cinema of this moment, an image of interiority, of the inside expressed outward, outside, as an outside image. Some of the filmmakers Lippit discusses include IWAI Shunji, MIIKE Takashi, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, and AOYAMA Shinji.
Akira Mizuta Lippit (Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1993) is Professor and Chair of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where he is also professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Literatures. He is the author of Electric Animal: Toward and Rhetoric of Wildlife (2000) and Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) (2005). At present, he is completing several projects, including a book on contemporary Japanese cinema and the concept of the world; another on spectrality and corporeality in experimental film and video; and another on the David Lynch's anagrams.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm