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1961

Nishijin

Nishijin

西陣

Release Date
July, 17th, 1961
Running Time
26 min
Genre
Documentary
Color
Monochrome
Screening Format
35mm
Screening Format with Subtitles
English

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Short film directed by Matsumoto Toshio, a pioneer of avant-garde documentary films. A documentary film appreciation group in Kyoto self-produced the film as part of their cultural activities. The film is not about Nishijin as the origin of the luxurious Nishijin-weave silk textile, but rather it uses numerous short close-up shots to depict the gloom of closed-off spaces layered with images evoking the unease and emptiness in the aftermath of the conflict surrounding the Japan-US Security Treaty. Won the Silver Lion at the 13th Venice International Documentary Film Festival.

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