Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom / Edition 1

Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom / Edition 1

by Daisuke Miyao
     
 

Critical biography of Sessue Hayakawa, a Japanese actor who became a popular silent film star in the U.S., that looks at how Hollywood treated issues of race and nationality in the early twentieth century.

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Critical biography of Sessue Hayakawa, a Japanese actor who became a popular silent film star in the U.S., that looks at how Hollywood treated issues of race and nationality in the early twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822339694
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
A John Hope Franklin Center Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Emperor, Buddhist, Spy, or Indian: The Pre-Star Period of Sessue Hayakawa (1914-15)
A Star Is Born: The Transnational Success of The Cheat and Its Race and Gender Politics     21
Screen Debut: O Mimi San, or The Mikado in Picturesque Japan     50
Christianity versus Buddhism: The Melodramatic Imagination in The Wrath of the Gods     57
Doubleness: American Images of Japanese Spies in The Typhoon     66
The Noble Savage and the Vanishing Race: Japanese Actors in "Indian Films"     76
Villain, Friend, or Lover: Sessue Hayakawa's Stardom at Lasky-Paramount (1916-18)
The Making of an Americanized Japanese Gentleman: The Honorable Friend and Hashimura Togo     87
More Americanized than the Mexican: The Melodrama of Self-Sacrifice and the Genteel Tradition in Forbidden Paths     106
Sympathetic Villains and Victim-Heroes: The Soul of Kura San and The Call of the East     117
Self-Sacrifice in the First World War: The Secret Game     127
The Cosmopolitan Way of Life: The Americanization of Sessue Hayakawa in Magazines     136
"Triple Consciousness": Sessue Hayakawa's Stardom at Haworth Pictures Corporation (1918-22)
Balancing Japaneseness and Americanization: Authenticity and Patriotism in HisBirthright and Banzai     153
Return of the Americanized Orientals: Robertson-Cole's Expansion and Standardization of Sessue Hayakawa's Star Vehicles     168
The Mask: Sessue Hayakawa's Redefinition of Silent Film Acting     195
The Star Falls: Postwar Nativism and the Decline of Sessue Hayakawa's Stardom     214
Stardom and Japanese Modernity: Sessue Hayakawa in Japan
Americanization and Nationalism: The Japanese Reception of Sessue Hayakawa     235
Epilogue     261
Notes     283
Filmography     333
Bibliography     337
Index     365

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