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The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism$
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Alan Tansman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245051

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245051.001.0001

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. Sentimental Fascism on Screen: Mother under the Eyelids

. Sentimental Fascism on Screen: Mother under the Eyelids

(p.169) 5. Sentimental Fascism on Screen: Mother under the Eyelids
The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Alan Tansman

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes Inagaki Hiroshi's 1931 film Mother under the Eyelids—an example of the fascist moment's diffusion into mass culture because of its very popularity. It deployed (unknowingly) a fascist aesthetic while entertaining its audience with the cliché of the wandering gambler searching for his lost mother. That it bears comparison with the elite, quintessentially modernist, hermeneutically difficult, and even opaque writing of a work such as Yasuda Yojūrō's “Japanese Bridges”, which is due to the common fascist thread running through these two radically different cultural expressions.

Keywords:   Japanese films, Japanese movies, fascism, mass culture, Japanese Bridges

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