. Sentimental Fascism on Screen: Mother under the Eyelids

Alan Tansman

in The Aesthetics of Japanese Fascism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520245051
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943490 | DOI:
. Sentimental Fascism on Screen: Mother under the Eyelids

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This chapter analyzes Inagaki Hiroshi's 1931 film Mother under the Eyelids—an example of the fascist moment's diffusion into mass culture because of its very popularity. It deployed (unknowingly) a fascist aesthetic while entertaining its audience with the cliché of the wandering gambler searching for his lost mother. That it bears comparison with the elite, quintessentially modernist, hermeneutically difficult, and even opaque writing of a work such as Yasuda Yojūrō's “Japanese Bridges”, which is due to the common fascist thread running through these two radically different cultural expressions.

Keywords: Japanese films; Japanese movies; fascism; mass culture; Japanese Bridges

Chapter.  11871 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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