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Something Like An Autobiography ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 1983/5/12
"A first rate book and a joy to read.... It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book.... Also 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."
"For the lover of Kurosawa's movies...this is nothing short of must reading...a fitting companion piece to his many dynamic and absorbing screen entertainments."
--Washington Post Book World
- ASIN : 0394714393
- 出版社 : Vintage; Illustrated版 (1983/5/12)
- 発売日 : 1983/5/12
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 240ページ
- ISBN-10 : 9780394714394
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394714394
- 寸法 : 13.06 x 1.52 x 20.22 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 138,809位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
After reading this book, I cannot persuade myself that I know about Kurosawa as a director than I knew before, but I have learned a lot about Kurosawa as a person, which I would not have done, if I had not read this book.
Kurosawa says, “I have come this far in writing something resembling an autobiography, but I doubt that I have managed to achieve real honesty about myself in its pages. I suspect that I have left out my uglier traits and more or less beautified the rest.”
In so saying, there is his frankness. I am not sure about his having written this book in complete honesty, but I bet that it was written with frankness so rare to famous people like him.
He ascribed some good points of his movies to members of his staff, and he had no intention of ascribing everything to himself, unlike many other directors.
He was only thinking of making as good movies as possible, and he lost temper, got exasperated, and flew into a rage, but it was all because of movies.
Kurosawa was a genuine man who only loved movies and wanted to make good movies.
This book ends with the success of Rashomon, so what we have here is an account of Kurosawa's childhood, youth and his early years in the Japanese film industry. As Kurosawa says, the rest of his life can be found in his films. Most of his better known and internationally-famous films were made after 1950, so this is a great way to make sense of the origins and nature of the Japanese film industry, and Kurosawa's place in it. It is also a brilliant starting point from which to go and watch those fabulous later films. I found it utterly wonderful. Kurosawa's life is reflected in his film-making to a fascinating degree and he is unusually perceptive about his own creative processes. His writing is poetic, literary and often strikingly vivid. This befits a man who started as a visual artist and trained himself to be a writer. He also has a self-deprecating, dry wit that is very engaging. This is not common. There are several great film-makers (I will name no names!) who are profoundly inarticulate when it comes to talking about their own films. Kurosawa is also blessed with a superb translation by the Fulbright Scholar, Audie Bock, who spent many hours with the director and watched him filming the stunning Kagemusha in the late 1970s. It's clear that this was a great labour of love for the translator and it shows in the care she has taken to make the director's meaning crystal clear at every turn.
I would describe this as the best book that I know about the craft of film-making, as well as the best insight into the life and work of one particular genius. (...and I do not use that word lightly).