Ethnography: A first look

Mishaps and Mayhem

Watching the original 1954 Godzilla, in Japanese, was a much different experience than I thought it would be. Initially, for at least the first 20 minutes, it seemed like it conformed to most of my preconceived ideas about films made during that time. Stereotypical characters, overly dramatic score and an strange camera angles were all popping out at me as things I expected to see in a film, bear in mind the only other film I’ve seen from around that time would be Casablanca, The Sound of Music, and Psycho. But as the film progressed, the characters developed tremendously, from stereotypical underwhelming characters to fully fleshed out personalities and interwoven tension and relationships.

A main focal point for me was the special effects. As I know a fair bit about animation and the process involved it was interesting to examine. At first it seemed impossible to find Godzilla scary, or even…

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