|Nov 27, 8:00 pm (movie in Japanese with German subtitles, introduction in German.)|
In case you have never seen one of Japan's biggest blockbusters: according to A.O.Scott from the New York Times Howl's Moving Castle is "a fitting introduction to one of modern cinema's great enchanters."
|Lupin III about to enter the fictitious European kingdom Cagliostro in The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)|
My half-hour introduction will focus on Japanese depictions of romanticized Europe from Heidi (1974) to Howl's Moving Castle (2004), character metamorphosis as well as Miyazaki's ambivalent fascination with war machines and the age of steam in films with strong anti-war statements.
|Flying Kayaks in an 1880s illustration by science fiction author Albert Robida...|
|...and Miyazaki's version in the fictitious European kingdom Ingary in Howl's Moving Castle.|
Of course, one cannot talk about Howl's Moving Castle without bringing up Miyazaki's unique way of eliminating explanatory scenes and his increasing reliance on intuitional rather than realistic storytelling which results in fantasy worlds closer to those created by Federico Fellini than Jules Verne.
If you know any Ghibli fans living in central Switzerland, please pass this on to them! Given the general lack of audience in Ghibli screenings around here, I'm already having nightmares of speaking to an empty auditorium!