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[VIDEO] Focal Lengths and Lenses used by Great Directors 

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[VIDEO] Akira Kurosawa’s Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

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[VIDEO] Akira Kurosawa: Composing Movement 

Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.

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Interview Clips:
Sidney Lumet on RANhttp://bit.ly/1B7mfTD
Robert Altman on RASHOMONhttp://bit.ly/1BDuvL7
Paul Verhoeven on Kurosawa: http://bit.ly/197vwnS


Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors Late Samurai Star Toshiro Mifune 

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Hollywood celebrated the life of legendary Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune on Monday, honoring him with a star on its iconic Walk of Fame two decades after his death.

Mifune rose to stardom through Akira Kurosawa’s classics, including “Rashomon” (1950) and “Seven Samurai” (1954), with masculine portrayals of powerful warlords that earned him a reputation as the world’s best samurai actor.

He died in Tokyo at that age of 77 in 1997. He had been mostly confined to his home since suffering a heart attack five years earlier.

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His death shocked Japan’s cinema industry, which took pride in him as its most presentable actor in international cinema, fondly calling him “Mifune of the world.”

Kurosawa cast Mifune in leading roles in all but one of 17 films he made between 1948 and 1965. “Rashomon,” in which Mifune played a cynical bandit, won the Grand Prix award at the 1951 Venice Film Festival.

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Mifune played a peasant-turned samurai leading farmers’ resistance against bandits in “Seven Samurai,” which inspired two Western remakes, both titled “The Magnificent Seven” (1960 and 2016). Read the rest of this entry »


Poster for ‘Rashomon’ (羅生門) Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Starring Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎) and Machiko Kyo (京 マチ子) 1950

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Poster for Rashomon (羅生門), 1950, directed by Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明) and starring Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎) and Machiko Kyo (京 マチ子).


Vintage Argentinean Movie Poster: ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ Universal, 1935

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Argentinean Poster: ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ Universal, 1935

 via Heritage Auctions