Bunraku: The Puppet Theater. Tsuruo Ando.

Bunraku: The Puppet Theater

Weatherhill, Inc. 6 x 8.5", 222 pp., 6 color plates, 172 b/w plates, chronology, commentaries on the illustrations, cloth, d.j., New York, 1970. (o.p.; gilt label on spine, vvg). Item #32558

This book takes the reader directly into the Bunraku theater and behind the scenes for a look at its history, its techniques, and its repetoire. The approach is largely a visual one, as the generous selection of illustrations make clear. Puppet types, scenes from famous plays, views of onstage and backstage activity, drawings and paintings from Bunraku's long history - all these complement a text that re-creates the actual atmosphere of the theater and provides as many pleasures as the pictures themselves.

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