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The Question Oshima

  • Stephen Heath
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Part of the Communications and Culture book series (COMMCU)

Abstract

The night of 25/26 February 1936. Tokyo under a layer of snow. A reception takes place at the American Embassy in honour of Viscount Saito Makoto, recently Prime Minister and now something like Lord Privy Seal. As a treat, Ambassador Joseph C. Grew has had a copy of Naughty Marietta — the Van Dyke musical starring Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald — brought over from Hollywood. Will Saito like it? He stays, delighted, to the end of his first sound film, leaves later than expected, full of gratitude. In the early morning, he is assassinated by a group of young officers in the course of an abortive putsch, part of the history of the growth of Japanese militarism in the 1930s.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    André Bazin, ‘Théâtre et cinéma’, Qu’est-ce que le cinéma? vol. II (Paris: Cerf, 1959) p. 87.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Jacques Lacan, ‘Faire mouche’, Nouvel Observateur no. 594 (29 March–4 April 1976) p. 64.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Oshima, Interview, Cinéaste vol. VII no. 4 (1977) p. 35.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    J. Lacan, Écrits (Paris: Seuil, 1966) p. 318; translation, Écrits: A Selection (London: Tavistock, 1977) p. 103.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hélène Cixous, ‘Entretien avec Françoise van Rossum-Guyon’, Revue des sciences humaines no. 168 (1977) p. 487.Google Scholar
  6. 9.
    Des femmes de Musidora, Paroles … elles tournent! (Paris: des femmes, 1976).Google Scholar
  7. 10.
    L. Irigaray, Speculum: de l’autre femme (Paris: Minuit, 1974) p. 57.Google Scholar

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© Stephen Heath 1981

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