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Record. Reenact. Recycle. Notes on Shindō Kaneto’s Documentary Styles

Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Yoshida-nihonmatsu-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Received: 24 December 2018 / Revised: 14 February 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Developments in the Japanese Documentary Mode)
In his work, the filmmaker Shindō Kaneto sought to employ various, often seemingly incongruous, cinematic styles that complicate the notions of fiction and documentary film. This paper first examines his ‘semi-documentary’ films that often deal with the everyday life of common people by means of an enhanced realist approach. Second, attention is paid to the fusion of documentary and drama when reenacting historical events, as well as the subsequent recycling of these images in a ‘quasi-documentary’ fashion. Finally, I uncover a trend towards ‘meta-documentary’ that takes issue with the act of filmmaking itself. I argue that Shindō’s often self-referential work challenges the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction while engaging in a self-reflective criticism of cinema as a medium. View Full-Text
Keywords: authorship; documentary film; hibakusha; Japanese cinema; Mizoguchi Kenji; non-fiction; semi-documentary; Shindō Kaneto authorship; documentary film; hibakusha; Japanese cinema; Mizoguchi Kenji; non-fiction; semi-documentary; Shindō Kaneto
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Kitsnik, L. Record. Reenact. Recycle. Notes on Shindō Kaneto’s Documentary Styles. Arts 2019, 8, 39. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8010039

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Kitsnik, Lauri. 2019. "Record. Reenact. Recycle. Notes on Shindō Kaneto’s Documentary Styles" Arts 8, no. 1: 39. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8010039

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