Kinoshita, Keisuke [screenplay and direction by].
Tōkyō: Eiga Taimususha, Shōwa 34 . First edition.
A highly illustrated booklet on Kinoshita Keisuke’s film Sekishunchō, or Farewell to Spring. The film, released in 1959, is frequently referred to as the first LGBTQI+ themed film produced in Japan due to the close emotional bonds depicted between the male protagonists. Kinoshita, who in 1968 formed a directors group called Shiki no Kai (“The Four Horsemen Club”) with Masaki Kobayashi, Akira Kurosawa, and Kon Ichikawa, was ‘out’ in the film world. The booklet includes comments from the actors, a short essay by Kinoshita on his direction, and the full script. For a detailed study of the film, please see Yutaka Kubo’s Queering Film Location and the Byakkotai: Kinoshita Keisuke's Queer Sensibility and Sekishunchō (1959).
Original wrappers, with a small ink mark, a few creases, and very minor foxing. Small dent to spine. Two small nicks to textblock extremities. Volume 58 of the Shinario Bunko series. 1 v., complete. 43 p. 20.9 x 14.8 cm.