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L'ile nue. [Press kit for The naked island].

Shindo, Kaneto
L'ile nue. [Press kit for The naked island].
Bruxelles: Melior Films, [1961].

Presented in oblong portfolio (15 x 21 cm.), with textured wrappers. French titles printed in red to front panel, with Dutch titles printed to inner flaps. Contents include 7 pages of French text, mimeographed on coloured papers, including French translation of an interview with the film’s director, Kaneto Shindo. Illustrated with 6 loose b&w silver gelatin print photographs from film-stills (13 x 16 cm; full bleed).

This folksy Belgian press kit sings sweetly of its subject: "Kaneto Shindo a voulu réaliser un essai aux aspects multiples. Il en a supprimé les dialogues et les commentaires; seuls les sons et la musique accompagent l'action de façon à créer un véritable poème cinématographique." Winner of the Grand Prix at the second Moscow International Film Festival, Shindo’s hypnotic quasi-silent film—about a peasant family’s struggle for existence on a barren island off Hiroshima—would save his independent film company from bankruptcy.

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