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Кръстопътища на модернизма
Crossroads of modernism

Author(s): Andronika Martonova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Japan; Bulgaria; reception; film theory; distribution; cultural dialogue

Summary/Abstract: The present text focuses on the reception of early Japanese cinema screened in Bulgaria in the period between the two world wars. The main objects of research are the film Crossroads (1928) by Kinugasa Teinosuke, and the extensive review written by Pantelei Karasimeonov in the authoritative magazine Nasheto kino. The articulation in the Bulgarian perimeter of artifacts, narratives, personalities, practices, and traditions coming from the Far East can also give us answers to the questions – who are we? and where are we? in the world cinema process. Kinugasa is an emblem of the Japanese film avant-garde, and it is definitely a challenge for the researcher to try to read his films not only through the lens of the time, but also in the diverse contexts of Bulgarian modernism. Through the texts of Nikolay Raynov, Geo Milev, Dobri Nemirov, Kiril Krastev, we try to understand how adequate was the Bulgarian intellectual elite in the attempt to understand the nature of cinema and its avant-garde manifestations.

  • Issue Year: 2023
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-15
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian