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Behind The Pink Curtain

Author : Jasper Sharp
ISBN : 190325454X
Genre : Performing Arts
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Behind the Pink Curtain takes the reader on a wild joy ride deep into the hinterlands of Japanese culture, society and radical politics by way of the weird but wonderful world of the Pink Film and Roman Porno genres.Behind the Pink Curtain focuses on the art and industry of one of the most notorious sectors of Japanese filmmaking, the erotic Pink Film, or pinku eiga genre, and the closely related Roman Porno films produced by Nikkatsu studios from 1971 to 1988. A phenomenon distinct from the cheaply-produced hardcore Adult Video (AV) market, from the early 60s onwards major Japanese film studios and independent producers alike have kept up a conveyor belt level of output of pornographic features intended purely for cinema release. Still today, just short of 100 such titles are shot on 35mm every year intended for screening in a specialist network of adult cinema across the nation. In recent years, many have found themselves released on DVD in the West or screened at international film festivals, while many of Japan's most noted filmmakers today have cut their teeth in this industry.Just how close are the links between the arthouse and the grindhouse in Japan? Read about the ins and outs of Japanese censorship from the wartime onwards, and how topless deep sea diving girls came to woo local audiences in the 50s. Learn how a TV nature documentary maker ended up helming nude female Tarzan movies, and how 60s mavericks Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi met up with John and Yoko at Cannes while on the way to the Golan Heights to make a film about Palestinian revolutionaries. How Deep Throat's Harry Reems wound up in Tokyo starring in a zany sex comedy about a penis transplant gone awry, and how one of Japan's most famous literary figures ended up the subject of the country's first gay porno movie. How one of Nikkatsu's leading directors went it alone to make a film about powerboat racing and ended up in the bad books of the Yakuza, and how the anti-Bush sex farce Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice came to be re-titled as The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai and became one of the most talked about Japanese films of recent years, playing at over twenty international film festivals.Based on extensive interviews with many of the leading figures in the field, Behind the Pink Curtain is a colorful and exhaustive trawl through Japan's most vibrant and prolific filmmaking sector.
Category: Performing Arts

Tchaikovsky 19 A Diplomatic Life Behind The Iron Curtain

Author : Robert F. Ober, Jr.
ISBN : 9781453517918
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Readers will discover the failures of Kissinger ́s policy of detente in the early 1970s, the mistaken departure from Carter ́s balanced policy toward China and the USSR, and the near-collapse of the embassy due to intelligence failures"-Foreign Service Journal. "Ober ́s book recounts it all, along with the personalities and events of the time now mostly forgotten: dissidents and refuseniks, Victor and Jennifer Louis, Nina and Ed Stevens, U.S.-Soviet summits, microwaves, bugged buildings and typewriters, fires, spy dust and spy mania . . . It ́s all there, the pageant of U.S. Embassy Moscow 1970-90, a place so unlike today ́s walled air-conditioned, high-rise embassy fortress a block away as to beggar the imagination."-Richard Gilbert, AmericanDiplomacy.org "You have wonderfully captured the way things were in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ́80s. I don ́t know anyone who has done it better."-Donald Connery, former Time-Life correspondent, Moscow. "Together with much wisdom about American diplomacy, this rich memoir provides keen insight into Russian thinking and behavior"-George Feifer, "The Girl from Petrovka".
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Historical Dictionary Of Japanese Cinema

Author : Jasper Sharp
ISBN : 9780810875418
Genre : Performing Arts
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The cinema of Japan predates that of Russia, China, and India, and it has been able to sustain itself without outside assistance for over a century. Japanese cinema's long history of production and considerable output has seen films made in a variety of genres, including melodramas, romances, gangster movies, samurai movies, musicals, horror films, and monster films. It has also produced some of the most famous names in the history of cinema: Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Beat Takeshi, Toshirô Mifune, Godzilla, The Ring, Akira, Rashomon, and Seven Samurai. The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema is an introduction to and overview of the long history of Japanese cinema. It aims to provide an entry point for those with little or no familiarity with the subject, while it is organized so that scholars in the field will also be able to use it to find specific information. This is done through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, and appendixes of films, film studios, directors, and performers. The cross-referenced dictionary entries cover key films, genres, studios, directors, performers, and other individuals. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Japanese cinema.
Category: Performing Arts

Nathalie

Author : Julia Kavanagh
ISBN : OXFORD:600053174
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The Midnight Eye Guide To New Japanese Film

Author : Tom Mes
ISBN : 1880656892
Genre : History
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Thanks to directors such as Kitano, Miike and Miyazaki, Japanese cinema has recently undergone something of a resurgence. This title profiles the work of these established film-makers, as well as looking at the creations of new, up-and-coming directors.
Category: History

Chasing The Monsoon

Author : Alexander Frater
ISBN : 9780330542326
Genre : Travel
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On 20th May the Indian summer monsoon will begin to envelop the country in two great wet arms, one coming from the east, the other from the west. They are united over central India around 10th July, a date that can be calculated within seven or eight days. Alexander Frater aims to follow the monsoon, staying sometimes behind it, sometimes in front of it, and everywhere watching the impact of this extraordinary phenomenon. During the anxious period of waiting, the weather forecaster is king, consulted by pie-crested cockatoos, and a joyful period ensues: there is a period of promiscuity, and scandals proliferate. Frater's journey takes him to Bangkok and the cowboy town on the Thai-Malaysian border to Rangoon and Akyab in Burma (where the front funnels up between the mountains and the sea). His fascinating narrative reveals the exotic, often startling, discoveries of an ambitious and irresistibly romantic adventurer.
Category: Travel

The Tortilla Curtain

Author : T.C. Boyle
ISBN : 1101042605
Genre : Fiction
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T.C. Boyle’s “compelling” (The Chicago Tribune) novel about assimilation and the price of the American dream Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Fiction

Escape From Bridezillia

Author : Jacqueline deMontravel
ISBN : 9780758223227
Genre : Fiction
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"I will not turn into one of those Wedding Girls. . ." This is Emily Briggs' mantra from the minute her boyfriend, Henry, proposes. Although she's crazy in love and has waited for this moment since she was a little girl, she is dead-set against becoming the Bride from Hell. She is not going to wallpaper her kitchen with wedding magazine tear sheets. She is not going to obsess over the date, tracking weather patterns for the slightest hint of rain. But as her Town & Country mother tries to pick out her wedding night lingerie, and Henry grows obsessed with "let's-do-lunch" work meetings, Emily is turning into a bridezilla, leaving no part of Manhattan--from Bergdorf's dressing rooms to Tiffany's sparkling cases--unscorched. The only person who seems to understand is J3 Hopper. Easy-going and easy-on-the-eyes, with a love of art and a habit of turning Emily's crazed tirades into delirious laugh-fests, J3 is the sort of man every manic bride needs--and wants. J3 listens to her woes, laughs at her jokes, and even compliments her clothes. In fact, he's making her feel just the way Henry made her feel when they first met--and that just may be the biggest problem of all! But is this just a jittery bride-to-be's nerves or could this be something more? "DeMontravel's style is smart and sassy. . .her wit is as sharp as her characters. This is a fun romp." --Romantic Times
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Behind The Copper Fence

Author : Thomas N. Akins
ISBN : 9781622873685
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For 26 years I had the best seat in the house - often in the center of the stage, frequently in the spotlight, always in the clear view of conductors and the audience and constantly amid the passions that come with making good music. This is the story of how I got that seat, of many of the highs and a few of the lows that come with sitting there and of some of the wonderful people who shared my journey. Here are the details behind the creation of William Kraft's Timpani Concerto Number One, the mystery of being honored with a titled chair, the fun of playing on the ISO's softball team and the benefits of studying timpani with Freddie, Eddie and Dan. Carnegie Hall became a special place, conductors from Richard Lert to Henry Mancini earned my respect, and I had an insider's view of the major leagues of orchestral music. Away from music, I led another life as a sportscaster, broadcasting games and interviewing many of America's finest athletes. A little of that slips into these pages, too. There was never a dull moment Behind The Copper Fence. keywords: Music, Percussion, Timpani, Memoir, Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke, CCM, Auditions, William Kraft
Category: Biography & Autobiography