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The secret life of Geisha
Sarandon, Susan, 1946-
Publication Information:
[United States] : A&E Television Networks ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by New Video, [2005]
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1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Exotic, sensuous, exquisitely mysterious. For centuries, the seductive grace of the Japanese geisha has fascinated and confounded outsiders who have attempted to fathom this secretive world of tradition, intrigue, and pleasure. Now, enter a realm once known only to the rich and powerful. Go beyond the popular Western misconception of the geisha as little more than a high-priced call girl, and discover the 400-year history of a profession where women devoted decades to the mastery of music, conversation, and the fine art of massaging the male ego. Witness the darker side of the geisha, from tales of sexual treachery and suicide to their role in the fall of a hierarchy of political leaders as recently as 1989.
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Originally broadcast on television in 1999.

Special features: Glossary; Geisha points of distinction.
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GT3412 .S437 2005V Adult DVD Central Library
DVD 10530 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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The centuries-old, mysterious Geisha tradition has played a significant part in Japanese society and has long been been held in a place of honor. Geishas have been trained since childhood in music, dance, the arts, formal ceremonies, conversation, and various ways of bolstering and indulging "the male ego." A revered tradition involving women who are meticulously trained, expensively dressed, made up to appear as if they are wearing masks -- and formally devoted to the idea that "Man has done no wrong, man can do no wrong" -- may not easily be understood by many people in modern western society. This program, narrated by Susan Sarandon, gives viewers a look inside the tradition and sorts out some assumptions. Although hired to provide entertainment and company to men, a geisha (the word means "artist") is usually not a prostitute. A historical look is also taken at the impact of geisha's alliances with political figures, the tradition's struggle for survival through World War II and the cultural changes that followed it. Interviews with modern-day geisha and their clients are included. Commentary is also provided by authors Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Liza Dalby (Geisha). ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi