Though sometimes dismissed by critics, particularly in the United States, the Godzilla movies are some of the best-loved but least understood films in the world. The modifications made by American distributorsadding unsuitable footage, making changes in the musical score, even altering the plottake away from the subtlety that makes the movies so popular in Japan. Then there are the dubbed voicesa matter of ridicule for American audiences and critics alike.
This work is a thorough and critical account of the Godzilla movies focusing on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies in the Japanese and American versions of the film. For each film, there are exhaustive filmographic data for both the Japanese and American versions, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes. The various political and social subtexts of the movies are also thoroughly covered.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Series:||Complete Godzilla Canon Series|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
David Kalat is a film historian and writes for Video Watchdog, Turner Classic Movies Online, and other publications. He lives in La Grange Park, Illinois.