This work of Yoji Yamada shows the transition of eiga from the silents to the talkies (shades of "Singin' in the Rain").
Watching this proved to be a lesson in film history. I learned that eiga during the late '20s to early '30s was patterned after the Hollywood studio system.
Being under American control during those years, Philippine movies also have the same characteristic. (Unfortunately, most of those were destroyed during the Second World War, or deteriorated due to neglect).
"Kinema no Tenchi" shows movie history in an eclectic montage. Chaplinesque-Marxian humor can be noted. The rise of the actress to fame was depicted in a melodramatic fashion, a popular genre then and now.
I recommend this movie to any cineaste.
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