Darrell William DAVIS (University of New South Wales), Australia, Saving Face: Spectator and Spectacle in Japanese Theatre and Film, English/26 Pages, October 2004.


Is there continuit y between theatrical spectatorship and cinematic experience? In light of the traditional theatre of kabuki, this essay proposes that residues of theatrical spectatorship exist in Japanese films. Drawing on a description of audience behavior in kabuki, ¡§objectified spectatorship¡¨ in Japanese film has a historical antecedent in Japanese traditional theatre. The current thesis argues for crossovers between media of different historical period s and between East-West modes of representation.