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Name:  David Desser  

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Desser is the director of cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Desser is the director of cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former editor of Cinema Journal. He is the author of ''The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa'' and ''Eros Plus Massacre''.

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Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Midland Book, MB 469)
ISBN: 0253204690

Indiana University Press. 1988

The decade of the 1960s encompassed a "New Wave" of films whose makers were rebels, challenging cinematic traditions and the culture at large. The films of the New Wave in Japan have, until now, been largely overlooked. Eros plus Massacre (taking its title from a 1969 Yoshida Yoshishige film) is the first major study devoted to the examination and explanation of Japanese New Wave film.

Desser organizes his volume around the defining motifs of the New Wave. Chapters examine in depth such themes as youth, identity, sexuality, and women, as they are revealed in the Japanese film of the sixties. Desser's research in Japanese film archives, his interviews with major figures of the movement, and his keen insight into Japanese culture combine to offer a solid and balanced analysis of films by Oshima, Shinoda, Imamura, Yoshida, Suzuki, and others.

American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.)
ISBN: 0252071530

University of Illinois Press. 2003

Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of American Jewish Filmmakers, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors.

The effects of the Holocaust linger, both in gripping dramatic form (Mazursky's Enemies, a Love Story) and in black comedy (Brooks's The Producers). In his trilogy consisting of Serpico, Prince of the City, and Q&A, Lumet focuses on the failure of society's institutions to deliver social justice. Woody Allen portrays urban life and family relationships (Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters), sometimes with a nostalgic twist (Radio Days).

This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

The samurai films of Akira Kurosawa (Studies in cinema)
ISBN: 0835714950

UMI Research Press. 1983

American-Jewish Filmmakers: Traditions and Trends
ISBN: 0252015649

University of Illinois Press. 1993

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