Screening the Japanese Gothic

Actress M stands on a platform placed on the desks in a large auditorium, surrounded by students who stare despondently at her. She turns, seeking the camera over her shoulder; she pushes her white dress down as a fan makes it swell and rise above her knees. Dwarfed by the auditorium's heavy pointed arches, Actress M's pale, overexposed figure flickers like a photographic ghost. She has become Marilyn Monroe.

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