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The Films of Akira Kurosawa Donald Richie is my favorite film critic I had the pleasure of seeing him in Madison, WI several years ago as he launched a week celebrating Japanese culture He gave an hour long lecture on Japanese cinema, followed by a screening of Kurosawa s RASHOMON This book is a g I ve read a few chapters here and there and have generally found them informative and expressive Why, then, are Dersu Uzala and Dreams so viciously derided They re not bad films by any measure, and not even the worst that Kurosawa had to offer.The good chapters are good, so I ll keep returning to this when I have niggling Kurosawa questions But, jeez, Richie should ve hired another writer for those bad chapters, a writer who actually saw the good qualities in good movies.Dismissively panning I ve read a few chapters here and there and have generally found them informative and expressive Why, then, are Dersu Uzala and Dreams so viciously derided They re not bad films by any measure, and not even the worst that Kurosawa had to offer.The good chapters are good, so I ll keep returning to this when I have niggling Kurosawa questions But, jeez, Richie should ve hired another writer for tho In An Epilogue Provided For His Incomparable Study Of Akira Kurosawa 1910 1998 , Donald Richie Reflects On Kurosawa S Life Work Of Thirty Feature Films And Describes His Last, Unfinished Project, A Film Set In The Edo Period To Be Called The Ocean Was Watching.Kurosawa Remains Unchallenged As One Of The Century S Greatest Film Directors Through His Long And Distinguished Career He Managed, Like Very Few Others In The Teeth Of A Huge And Relentless Industry, To Elevate Each Of His Films To A Distinctive Level Of Art His Rashomon One Of The Best Remembered And Most Talked Of Films In Any Language Was A Revelation When It Appeared In 1950 And Did Much To Bring Japanese Cinema To The World S Attention Kurosawa S Films Display An Extraordinary Breadth And An Astonishing Strength, From The Philosophic And Sexual Complexity Of Rashomon To The Moral Dedication Of Ikiru, From The Naked Violence Of Seven Samurai To The Savage Comedy Of Yojimbo, From The Terror Filled Feudalism Of Throne Of Blood To The Piercing Wit Of Sanjuro. I ve said it before and I ll say it again Donald Richie is the shit The critic who both knows his shit and doesn t come off like an unbearable pretentious Jackass is worth his weight in Gold Richie is so good I suspect he might actually be Gold I m se A rare thing A scholarly coffee table book Donald Richie analyzes Kurosawa s work film by film Each films is given a synopsis, then an analysis of characterization and film technique Exhaustive and sometimes exhausting.Last year was the 100th anniversary of Kurosawa s birth Thanks to the essential Turner Classic Movies, I was able to see almost all of his fi I was in a coffee shop years ago that played vintage black and white films on a big screen I think it was there that I stumbled on to a Kurosawa film I later purchased a host of Criterion Collection films, all AK, and have been adding to my collection since This book is a treasure trove of information for any souls interested in knowing the behind the scenes info and plot character discussion of Kurosawa s films before or after a film viewing It s a work in progress for me as I will read a c I was in a coffee shop years ago that played vintage black and white films on a big screen I think it was there that I stumbled on to a Kurosawa film I later purchased a host of Criterion Collection films, all AK, and have been adding to my collection since This book is a treasure trove of information for any souls interested in kn If you wish to learn about Kurosawa s film career, this is your best resource If you are a fan, this is your bible Very well put together work, with a comprehensive examination of each movie Each entry has little known details and anecdotes about the production and behind the scene relations between the cast during filming which is perhaps the best part description of the cinematography, the style, how the music was chosen and what Kurosawa, himself, was trying to achieve It includes a ri If you wish to learn about Kurosawa s film career, this is your best resource If you are a fan, this is your bible Very well put together work, with a comprehensive examination of each movie Each entry has little known details and anecdotes about the production and behind the scene relations between the cast during filming which is perhap A book such as this is rare An engaging coffee table book that explores choice of themes, story telling techniques, camera work, and directorial style I have the expanded and updated third edition It s an exhausti If you know of Kurosawa, you know that this Japanese film director has admirers and imitators all over the world From Bergman to Spielberg, from Polanski to Lucas, Kurosawa s movies have been studied and appreciated.I like Kurosawa for many reasons but one of the most important is that he knew how to entertain as well as inform One of the things that interested me In many of his films, we see how he was able to reach back into feudal Japanese history to inform pr This might be the best book on film And I say that after having long dropped Kurosawa from my list of top directors.Individual chapters based on each of the director s films, supplemented by hundreds of impressive photos and the book s extra large size, make the book appear at first glance like one of those collectible fan books for the likes of the Star Wars or James Bond franchises Far from it, Richie strikes the perfect balance between the compartmentalized readability of other film guides This might be the best book on film And I say that after having long dropped K

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