February 4, 2015/ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA Day 2: Landscape Theory
An encounter between cinema and radical politics in 1960s-70s Japan
A film series curated by Go Hirasawa
UCLA GSA Melnitz Movies has partnered with the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to invite film scholar Go Hirasawa to curate a series on Japanese Landscape Cinema. Filmmaker Masao Adachi is often viewed as the progenitor of Japanese "landscape theory." Inspired by Marxist film criticism of the 1970s, the theory posits that even the landscape around us is an expression of the dominant political power. The series will take place at James Bridges Theater, located in Melnitz Hall at UCLA on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, with an opening night gala and a closing night lecture by Go Hirasawa. Each night will showcase two films, with the first screening beginning at 6pm.
Schedule for Wednesday 2/4:
6:00pm - Boy (1969), Nagisa Oshima
8:00pm - Running in Madness, Dying in Love (1969), Koji Wakamatsu
Go Hirasawa is a researcher at Meiji-Gakuin University working on underground and experimental films and avant-garde art movements in 1960s and '70s Japan. His publications include Godard (Tokyo, 2002), Fassbinder (Tokyo, 2005), Cultural Theories: 1968 (Tokyo, 2010), Koji Wakamatsu: Cinéaste de la Révolte (Paris, 2010), and Masao Adachi: Le bus de la révolution passera bientot près de chez toi (Paris, 2012). He has organized more than fifty film exhibitions throughout the world, including Underground Film Archives (Tokyo, 2001), Nagisa Oshima (Seoul Art Cinema, 2010), Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi (Cinématheque Française, 2010), Theatre Scorpio: Japanese Independent and Experimental Cinema of the 1960s (Close-Up: London, 2011), and Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960-1986 (MOMA, 2012).
Guests may RSVP online through www.melnitzmovies.eventbrite.com
Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, GSA Melnitz Movies, Japan Foundation