The Man Who Left His Will on Film

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<i>Tokyo Senso Sengo Hiwa (The Man Who Left His Will on Film)</i>. 1970. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima
  • The Man Who Left His Will on Film

    1970. Japan. Nagisa Oshima. 94 min.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
  • The Man Who Left His Will on Film

    1970. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Screenplay by Masato Hara, Mamoru Sasaki. With Kazuo Goto, Emiko Iwasaki, Sugio Fukuoka. Following activist demonstrations, a student filmmaker discovers a last will and testament recorded on film by a man who may or may not have existed. Much like Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), the footage seems to be innocuous and visually uneventful, yet its very banality suggests a tantalizing mystery that invites imaginative speculation. The student concludes that the only way to understand the ghostly man’s last will is to re-shoot the landscape locations himself. The tension between subjective experience and historical fact lies at the heart of fukeiron, a landscape theory that gained currency in Japan in the 1960s. Print lent by Harvard Film Archive; courtesy Janus Films. In Japanese; English subtitles. 94 min.

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Image: Tokyo Senso Sengo Hiwa (The Man Who Left His Will on Film). 1970. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima