The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa

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November 1999



The Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, who died last year at the age of 88, has been internationally acclaimed as a giant of world cinema. Rashomon, which won both the Venice Film Festival's grand prize and an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, helped ignite Western interest in the Japanese cinema. Seven Samurai and Yojirnbo remain enormously popular both in Japan and abroad. In this newly revised and expanded edition of his study of Kurosawa's films, Stephen Prince provides two new chapters that examine Kurosawa's remaining films, placing him in the context of cinema history. Prince also discusses how Kurosawa furnished a template for some well-known Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas.


Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv 1 Viewing Kurosawa 3 2 The Dialectics of Style 32 3 Willpower Can Cure All Human Ailments 67 4 Experiments and Adaptations 114 5 Form and the Modern World 155 6 History and the Period Film 200 7 Years of Transition 250 8 The Final Period 292 9 The Legacy 340 Notes 359 Films Directed by Akira Kurosawa 397 Bibliography 399 Index 411


One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1991 "The Warrior's Camera is not only a thoughtful, stimulating and rigorous study but also a major addition to both Kurosawa and Japanese film scholarship. Its examination of the intersection of self, culture, and history is meticulously done; its extended close analysis of individual films, especially Ikiru, Yojimbo, High and Low, and Red Beard, is superbly confident."--Film Quarterly "The subtle nuances that enrich Akira Kurosawa's intense cinemagraphic imagery distinguish Stephen Prince's insightful study, The Warrior's Camera."--American Cinematographer "[Prince's] close analysis of the films generates many superb insights. This work is accessible, nicely illustrated and an essential text about a great subject."--Choice
EAN: 9780691010465
ISBN: 0691010463
Untertitel: Revised & Expan. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1999
Seitenanzahl: 440 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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