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June 08, 2010

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One interesting thing about German cinema under Hitler is the contrast between post-war German cinema and postwar Italian and Japanese cinema. Few would deny that the latter two were much more impressive, while it took a quarter of a century for German cinema to get sustained international attention. Intertesting also is that while Italian cinema under Mussolini was not very remarkable and the leading postwar figures played a relatively minor role in it, both Ozu and Mizoguchi (to choose the most obvious names) made major films while their country was becoming a truly vile dictatorship. I remember reading an essay by John Dower on Japanese wartime films, which were apparently better and less simple minded than one might think, but which are largely unknown since the American occupation confiscated many of the films.

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