Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema ハードカバー – 2010/3/9
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The most lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume on Akira Kurosawa ever published, timed for the centennial of his birth. Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest of all Japanese film directors and is respected around the world as one of the masters of the art form. This is the first illustrated book to pay tribute to his unmistakable style—with more than two hundred images, many never before published. The filmmaker is also famous for his attention to detail, and fans will delight in seeing annotated script pages, sketches, and storyboards that reveal the meticulous craft behind Kurosawa’s genius. Peter Cowie examines how Kurosawa took the samurai genre to its apogee in such films as Yojimbo and Seven Samurai; his literary influences in such films as Throne of Blood [Macbeth] and Ran [King Lear]; and in his take on our relationship to the modern world in such films as High and Low and Dreams. "Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors ever to work in the cinema. His films meant an enormous amount to me when I was starting my own career, and it’s fitting that in the year of his centennial this book by Peter Cowie should pay tribute to him."—Francis Ford Coppola
"The homage best suited for you coffee table comes from film historian Peter Cowie ... a visually stunning study of the director's work." ~Details
"A book of value to Kurosawa novices and to aficionados in search of deeper insight. Beautifully bound and printed, and lavishly illustrated ... it's a book worthy of its subject." ~San Francisco Chronicle
"The quiet, quotidian aspect of Kurosawa's art gets a nice push in the impressively lavish. We're talking stacks of high-grade stills, notes, mockups Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema." ~Atlantic Monthly
"This is the definitive visual chronicle of a great artist." ~Palm Beach Post
"Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema by Peter Cowie is the most lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume on Akira Kurosawa ever published." ~Turner Classic Movies
"The question that must be answered is whether there is enough new material in Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema to justify its steep price. Is there enough new material to make it worth a purchase? The answer for any serious Kurosawa fan is an emphatic yes, not only because of the soundness of Cowie's commentary, but also because of the hundreds of gorgeous images that supplement it." ~American Cinematographer
A well-designed book, ripe with interesting photos, for those who relish Kurosawa as an icon in cinema history.
Received the book in good condition and on time. Cheers!
Generously illustrated with many wonderful insights, it is
a good addition to any Kurosawa fan's library. A few
points however --while discussing Drunken Angel, Cowie
states Matsunaga is "Even more addicted to liquor
than Sanaka..."I must disagree. Sanaka is the angel
of the title, drinking his patients' alcohol.
Matsunaga seems willing to give up drinking as his
redemption approaches, but after his mentor encourages
him, he must drink to 'save face'. Regarding the
same film, Cowie says Matsunaga steals a carnation
to give to his girlfriend. Actually the yakuza has a
habit of taking the flowers for his own lapel. In
this instance, as his appreciation for life has
grown, he stops to gaze for a moment at the flower,
a moment that his old boss again disrupts.
Later on the same page, Cowie compares Shimura and
Mifune's characters in The Quiet Duel. He says
Shimura, the father, tries to save his son from
death by syphilis. Actually, the father can only
provide emotional support after he finds out, but
he does nothing else. Kyoji,the son, does not seem
to "...regard the world as harsh and unforgiving."
He continues to help his patients with devotion
and care (witness the baseball glove). He is angry
about his fate, but his ability to see outside himself
allows him to save his beloved fiancee from the
waiting game he must play. Much later in the book,
during a discussion of The Hidden Fortress, Cowie states
Tahei and Makakashi "..are freed by General Rokurota Makabe."
They are not rescued, they escape on their own.
These things are small alone, together they are a bit