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February 06, 2010


Another awesome post, Lew. Kurosawa's choice of music always strikes these ears as eclectic and unusual, and I'm grateful for your comments on this and on the allusions to "high noon" and "The Glass Key." You mention Sergio Leone's enormous debt to Kurosawa. Can you elaborate and give your opinion of the major adaptations of "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo"?

Not without sounding like a nasty snob probably.

The Magnificent ~ I just can't bear to watch it any more. The color ruins it and the dialogue sounds ridiculous to me at times -- but most of all, the best things about AK's film are the subtle things which seem pretty absent from this terrible rip-off.

I will give Leone credit for making entertaining films. The newer one with Bruce Willis is terrible.

The one you didn't mention is the "remake" of Rashomon -- "The Outrage" (1964) -- which come to think about it I didn't talk about it in my post. Starred Paul Newman (playing Mifune's part!) and Edward G. Robinson! Somewhat interesting.

Hope you get see Ran. Must be a magnificent experience in a theatre!

Great post. I recently saw, Dreams and it's amazing.

These have been fantastic series of insight into Japanese cinema. I recommend you authority in field of expertise film career Akira Kurosawa. I salute dear Sir you Saul san.

Thank you Ki-san. Can I stay with you when I come to Japan if you live there? :)-

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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

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