Admiring the tarnished silver screen

Art Jun 28, 2016

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

by John L. Tran

Old chewing gum, cheap carpet sticky from spilled drinks, sagging seats pitted with cigarette burns: Satoshi Chuma's photographs of old cinemas on show at the National Film Center are fantastically evocative of the decline and fall of celluloid. Having spent several years working in the ...

Imagery that sings the praises of the musical

Art Mar 5, 2015

Imagery that sings the praises of the musical

by John L. Tran

"They're Wooin' and Doin' the Things Boys and Girls Like to Do . . . ." This is the message of many of the posters made for Hollywood musicals currently being exhibited at the National Film Center in Tokyo. Liza Minnelli, Mitzi Gaynor and ...

Singing to quite a different tune

Art Nov 13, 2014

Singing to quite a different tune

by John L. Tran

In the sense that "The Sound of Music" is not considered a reliable source for lessons about Nazism or that "My Fair Lady" is a profound analysis of class struggle, musicals do not generally spring to mind when considering the great achievements of French ...

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 21, 2014

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

French filmmaker Jacques Demy's New Wave interpretation of the musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964) is perhaps his most famous film, but he made numerous other unusual musicals, including "The Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967) and "Lady Oscar" (1979), which was co-produced in Japan ...