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January 28, 2010


The scene where Tajomaru meets the couple in the woods is my favourite in the whole film, and given his position, emotional state and attire, it's easy to see why.
The pacing of the scene is deceptively leisurely as we get a tension between this relaxing bandit and the nobleman who stopped to take a look at him.

Thank you for your comment, Tamsin. Do you notice how that entire scene is without dialogue? Kurosawa's love of the silent cinema he grew up with is evident in the way he uses only music and sound effects to present the action!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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