and the Poetics of Cinema consists of two
parts. The first provides overviews of Ozus
career from several different angles. It
looks at his biography, his place in the
Japanese film industry, his methods of storytelling,
his use of film techniques, and his films
social and ideological implications, all
the while trying to illustrate how an approach
grounded in poetics can help us understand
him in ways different from earlier accounts.
The second part discusses each film singly,
taking up one or two issues raised by the
movie but also trying to pick up and develop
strands stated in the first part.