by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: essential Kurosawa
Last Week: Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
Coming Next: tba Monday
Two Lists, Ten Favorites: Films of Akira Kurosawa
Great scene from one of my favorite Kurosawa movies.
The chapter heading on the Criterion disc is “runaround” which is apt, since that’s literally AND figuratively what the women are getting.
I love this film and you already know my love for Kurosawa’s cinema. He could shoot the hell out of a summer scene/movie, eh? Ikiru, Stray Dog, Drunken Angel, etc.
What a wonderful gallery of faces! It’s impressive to see the care in composing each of these quick scenes, some wonderful lighting effects and social commentary made visually.
Kurosawa, Ozu, and Mizoguchi were the best of the best for a reason. Essential viewing: Ugetsu (1953), Sansho the Bailiff (1954), Floating Weeds (1959), and Ran (1985). :OÞ
@Miriam: Absolutely right, there’s a wealth of detail in each shot. You can tell at a glance that the women are moving up the chain of command. I love the little things- the stacks of paper that look like they’re about to fall over, the fly swatter, the fans, and especially, most especially the incongruous picture of the tiger. My favorite stills in this gallery are the man with the paper fan, for the amazing light and shadow effects, and the man with the fly swatter, for his pose and expression.
@Nir: I don’t believe any movie can beat “Stray Dog” for conveying the agony of summer in the city.
@Helen, not even City of God does a better job than Stray Dog. :O)
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