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Films Made in the Shadow of Destruction

Our art says a lot about us.  It could tell of our passions, our hopes, our obsessions, but often the most effective insights are into our fears, how the dangers that surround us affect our cultural psyche.  We create art to make sense of the darkness lying just our vision, to secure ourselves in some way against the ever present threat of that dark crossing the void and confronting us.

The Guardian has a fascinating piece on how the films of Japan, especially their animation, taps into that nation’s precarious position as a catalyst for disasters both natural and man made.  There are some typically great quotes from animation master Hayao Miyazaki, and some illuminating talk about how Japanese films have addressed the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Check out the article here:  Japan’s fantasy films act as a buffer against the reality of the natural world


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