Tokyo Modernism Research Seminar 6 Special Lecture “The Russian Kurosawa” 開催のお知らせ

Tokyo Modernism Research Seminar 6 Special Lecture (英語・通訳なし) “The Russian Kurosawa”
Professor Olga Solovieva
Nicolaus Copernicus University
August 31st (Thursday) 2023, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm [UTC+9]
場所 東京大学駒場キャンパス 18号館4階コラボレーションルーム1(対面・オンライン参加オプションあり)
The lecture is based on Olga Solovieva’s recent book The Russian Kurosawa: Transnational Cinema, or the Art of Speaking Differently. The book offers a new historical perspective on the work of the renowned Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. It uncovers Kurosawa’s debt to the intellectual tradition of Japanese-Russian democratic dissent, reflected in the affinity for Kurosawa’s worldview expressed by such Russian directors as Grigory Kozintsev and Andrei Tarkovsky. Through a detailed discussion of the Russian subtext of Kurosawa’s cinema, most clearly manifested in the director’s films based on Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gorky, and Arseniev, the book shows that Kurosawa used Russian intertexts to deal with the most politically sensitive topics of postwar Japan. Locating the director in the cultural tradition of Russian-inflected Japanese anarchism, the book challenges prevalent views of Akira Kurosawa as an apolitical art house director or a conformist studio filmmaker of muddled ideological alliances by offering a philosophically consistent picture of the director’s participation in postwar debates on cultural and political reconstruction. The lecture will also discuss how Kurosawa’s cinema relates to the phenomenon of cultural and intellectual history which we call “modernism."

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主催:「 グローバル・モダニズムと日本語翻訳における英・仏・露文学の受容に関する研究」(特別研究員奨励費 研究分担者・Ryan Johnson)