Still Dynamic: Image and Seriality at the Dawn of Television
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This chapter connects experiments with the cinematic interval in 1960s Japanese films to the lexicons of emerging media such as manga and television animation. It examines the significant new use of freeze frames and serialized stills in a wide range of films during this period, positioning these techniques in relation to manga and anime practices that similarly highlighted the oscillation between stillness and movement. In so doing it draws attention to how the reimagining of film language through these newly-developing temporal systems at once bound Japanese cinema to international film style and integrated cinema into the transforming domestic mediascape, highlighting film’s image-ness at the very moment that images were redefining reality.