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ISBN13: 9780394714394
ISBN10: 0394714393
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Translated by Audie E. Bock.

"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."

--Variety

"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

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"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." Variety

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"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

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lukas, December 18, 2006 (view all comments by lukas)
Though cinephiles will certainly appreciate this book, it is so evocative, subtle, and bittersweet that any reader can easily get into it. Kurosawa details his childhood, his struggles in school, his personal losses (the deaths of several siblings), and his early film career in a way that is both lyrical and direct. Regretably, the book is all too brief (less than 200 pages), ending with Rashomon (1950), the film that brought him and Japanese cinema international recognition. It's a beautifully written book and a fine antidote to so many showboating memoirs and autobiographies that clog up the book lists.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394714394
Author:
Kurosawa, Akira
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Bock, Audie E.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors -- Japan -- Biography.
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Kurosawa, Akira
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
May 1983
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP BandW
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.01x5.21x.69 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780394714394 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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