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David Desser

David Desser is Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies, University of Illinois.  He is the author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa and Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema; the co-author of American Jewish Filmmakers; the editor of Ozu’s Tokyo Story (Cambridge Film Handbooks); and co-editor of Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History; Cinematic Landscapes: Observations on the Visual Arts of China and Japan; Hollywood Goes Shopping; The Cinema of Hong Kong: History, Arts, Identity, among others. He did DVD commentary for Criterion Edition disks of Tokyo Story and Seven Samurai. He is a former editor of Cinema Journal, and the co-editor of The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. 

Courses Taught

spring 2009

ENGL 091.601 Film History