A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

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Though sometimes dismissed by critics, particularly in the United States, the Godzilla movies are some of the best-loved but least understood films in the world. The modifications made by American distributors--adding unsuitable footage, making changes in the musical score, even altering the plot--take away from the subtlety that makes the movies so popular in Japan. Then there are the dubbed voices--a matter of ridicule for American audiences and critics alike. This work is a thorough and critical account of the Godzilla movies focusing on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies in the Japanese and American versions of the film. For each film, there are exhaustive filmographic data for both the Japanese and American versions, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes. The various political and social subtexts of the movies are also thoroughly covered.Interpol bombards Titanosaurus with their recently repaired ultra- sonar weapon. ... As part of this policy, Tanaka elected to bring Ishiro Honda back to direct the film.260 Tanaka specifically wanted to ... Godzilla squaring off against a space monster controlled by alien invaders, and as such clearly fits into the mold of the anbsp;...

Title:A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series
Author:David Kalat
Publisher:McFarland Publishing - 1997-01-01


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