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Constructing The Screen Image Of An Ideal Partner

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Cinema combines mass media, art and industry. Its inception at the turn of the twentieth century, cinema also has been cosmopolitan. This chapter focuses on feature films celebrating Soviet-Japanese rapprochement, including Ten Thousand Boys, The Little Fugitive, Moscow, My Love and The Melody of the White Night. It examines the changes in representing the Soviet-Japanese partnership and argues that the films, taken together, provide a certain historical mapping of Soviet-Japanese mutual perceptions, symbolically represented by culturally and politically sanctioned narratives and visual images. The Soviet-Japanese joint production films constitute a unique source to analyse interactions between political events and strategies of media representation. A major motif in the Soviet-Japanese co-productions involved interaction in the sphere of arts. The ideal partner was a performer. Representation of hero-mediators as people of artistic professions gave them an ambiguous high status and marginality, but also stressed their social function to perform and to represent.

Keywords: cinema; hero-mediators; ideal partner; Soviet-Japanese partnership; visual images



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