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high-and-lowWhile trying to think of something germane, pertinent and well, interesting, to say about the video essay which supplies the ostensible topic for this post, I happened upon a fact, which appears at the end of what I am about to start talking about,  but which I am going to lead with, and bear with me, okay? So this is a video documentary (essay, really) which teases out the connections between Alfred Hitchcock’s work and Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 crime flick, High and Low. The connection I chose to start from (in a roundabout way) is as good a point as any, I think, for a discussion of Hitchcock’s possible influence on Kurosawa (and everyone) without sounding too, too pretentious and/or lame. Hopefully. You’ll be the judge! More »

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Kurosawa2It has been said many, many times: Akira Kurosawa is a master filmmaker — perhaps the master. However, what skill did the Master master? The general consensus leans toward Kurosawa’s incredible ability to tell stories through editing, the techniques of which are analyzed in this video by Phil Baumhardt. Find out how Kurosawa approached cutting the final battle scene in Seven Samuraias well as the motivations behind his approach after the break. More »

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Akira Kurosawa(Answer: Everything!) Akira Kurosawa is in a league of his own. To master filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, he was the teacher, and often shared his knowledge with those who asked. Flavorwire has published a few pieces of said knowledge in the form of Kurosawa’s greatest filmmaking quotes — ones that beautifully answer questions about the craft, advise us on storytelling, and remind us why we fell in love with cinema in the first place. More »

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Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa is one of the most influential, as well as celebrated directors in all of cinematic history, especially when it comes to Japanese filmmaking. He was heavily involved in nearly ever aspect of his films’ production process, from co-writing scripts to editing (many considered editing the director’s greatest strength as a filmmaker). In this 90-minute documentary, A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000), Kurosawa shares his unique insight in ten interviews that were conducted towards the end of his life, discussing screenwriting, shooting, cinematography, directing, and his “quest for making the perfect — ‘beautiful’ movie,” — definitely a masterclass in filmmaking from a filmmaking master. More »

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Acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa would have been 103 years old this coming March 23rd, and in honor of his birthday, Criterion Collection is making 24 of his films absolutely free to watch on Hulu through Sunday, March 24th. It’s more than that, however, as they are making available some interviews with people like George Lucas and Robert Altman talking about Kurosawa’s films, and a documentary about the origins and influences of The Seven Samurai. Click through to check those out embedded below. More »