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Something Like an Autobiography A first rate book and a joy to readIt s doubtful that a complete understanding of the director s artistry can be obtained without reading this bookAlso indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good script, on scriptwriting as an essential tool for directors, on directing actors, on camera placement, and on the value of steeping oneself in literature, from great novels to detective fiction Variety For the lover of Kurosawa s moviesthis is nothing short of must readinga fitting companion piece to his many dynamic and absorbing screen entertainments Washington Post Book World


10 thoughts on “Something Like an Autobiography

  1. says:

    I was disappointed that he ended this wonderful book in 1950 the year he filmed Rashomon I wanted to know about Ikiru, The Seven Samurai and Yojimbo However, he gives a brilliant reason for doing so in the epilogue The theme of Rashomon is that humans are incapable of being h


  2. says:

    Kurosawa was a true humanist This book isn t an explanation of an artist s theories or an explication of his films just a simple account of the memories of a very full and beautiful life Yet Kurosawa never ignores his faults either He just tells his story like it is Sometimes he s


  3. says:

    This is the second brilliant autobiography from a film director that I ve read in the last few weeks the other being Luis Bu uel s superb My Last Sigh , and both of them had me wanting to rewatch some of their great movies Kurosawa allocates a significant amount of space to his childhood


  4. says:

    Akira Kurosawa would have you believe that he s just a hard working guy and nothing special To some extent that s true, with his sense of diligence and attention to detail being the hallmark of all of his great films What s given short shrift is the heart of a real artist Early on, Kurosawa th


  5. says:

    So pretty much like everyone else I went, Aw, man out loud when the intro stated that this book only went up to Rashomon and didn t deal with any of Kurosawa s life after 1950 But the good news is that you get an intimate glimpse into Kurosawa s Taisho and Showa era upbringing and education The pass


  6. says:

    This is not a book you can review, this is a book you sit down and discuss with people.


  7. says:

    I watched my first Akira Kurosawa movie during my student days It was Rashomon My college film club screened it It was amazing I have wanted to read Kurosawa s memoir since then I finally got a chance to read it In his autobiography, Kurosawa San starts by describing his earliest memory He goes on to tell us ab


  8. says:

    This is part autobiography and part commentary on the films he did till 1950 He stops with Rashomon And Rashomon was the only film I had seen in the list That didn t in any way spoil the reading experience his descriptions of whatever aspects he talks about makes it very clear to understand what he says I have watche


  9. says:

    Something like an autobiography, and something muchlike a memoir, which is no bad thing Kurosawa explains that he d rather his work speak for him, but that in his old age, he s been persuaded to write about himself.The first half of the book beautifully evokes the pre war Japan of his childhood, his adventures with his fri


  10. says:

    Although written in 1982, Akira Kurosawa chose to end with what many consider the first of his masterworks, Rashomon in 1950 In eloquent self effacing prose beautifully translated , he lays out his family life in what he calls a samurai household, as opposed to those of classmates withmodern upbringings So it is thanks to his fa


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