The East Asia Library is pleased to announce the new exhibit in East Asian Reading Room (SML222) in conjunction with the Japanese “Silents”: Benshi Film Narration by Raiko Sakamoto presented by The Film Studies Program and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University on February 12th, 2010.
Visual materials on display have been selected from the Japanese Film Ephemera Collection, as well as other library collections. They includeThe Benshi: Japanese silent film narrators ; Katsudō benshi sekai o kakeru (the autobiography of Sawato Midori, another active silent film narrator in Japan); a handbill for a silent film screening event featuring Sakamoto Raiko; Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema, a DVD-ROM database containing data on 12,000 titles, footage from 45 films, and biographies of key silent movie figures. The exhibit was prepared with the valuable assistance of Takuya Tsunoda, a PhD student in Film Studies and East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University. The East Asia Library at Yale University is committed to acquiring a variety of unique resources on Japanese film studies and visual culture.