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Akira Kurosawa : master of cinema

Author: Peter Cowie
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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. In celebration of the centennial of his birth, this volume pays tribute to Kurosawa's visual style - with more than two hundred images, many never before published. Kurosawa put together scenes with a painterly effect, and all of the most memorable shots are here. He was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Akira Kurosawa; Akira Kurosawa; Akira Kurosawa
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Cowie
ISBN: 9780847833191 0847833194
OCLC Number: 419801233
Description: 301 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm
Contents: The man and his formative years --
Images of the modern world --
The historical imperative --
The literary connection --
Formalism and the elements --
Riding into history.
Responsibility: Peter Cowie ; foreword by Martin Scorsese ; introduction by Donald Richie ; with a note by Kazuko Kurosawa.

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"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. In celebration of the centennial of his birth, this volume pays tribute to Kurosawa's visual style - with more than two hundred images, many never before published. Kurosawa put together scenes with a painterly effect, and all of the most memorable shots are here. He was famous for a meticulous attention to detail, demonstrated in the storyboard paintings, continuity script pages, and behind-the-scenes snapshots also included in this volume. PeterCowie 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 his exploration of our relationship to the modern world in such films as Ikiru and Dreams. To deepen our understanding of Kurosawa's films, Cowie traces connections within the larger context of Japanese culture and highlights recurring themes of formalism and the elements of illuminating the commentary are anecdotes drawn from a wide array of Kurosawa scholars and colleagues, foremost among them Teruyo Nogami, interviewed by Cowie during the making of this book."--Jacket.

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"The homage best suited for you coffee table comes from film historian Peter Cowie ... a visually stunning study of the director's work." "Details"<br> Read more...

 
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