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Akira Kurosawa moved with ease and mastery from the mysterious and internal to the spectacular and panoramic Kurosawa was a man of all genres and all periods, bridging the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the East and the West He had a flair for fusing Western literature with elements from his native Kabuki theater Ran retells King Lear as a samurai tale Throne of Blood retells Macbeth Hakuchi adapts Fyodor Dostoevsky s The Idiot as a tale set in northern Japan Kurosawa became the first Japanese director widely known in the West when his Rashomon won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival inHis film techniques and storytelling innovations have greatly influenced European and American film, particularly westerns Because of his ability to control all aspects of film production and to maintain artistic control on almost all of his projects, Kurosawa was known throughout Japan as the Emperor Ranging fromto the mid s, this collection includes an interview by Lillian Ross, a conversation with Gabriel Garc a M rquez, and a previously unpublished interview with the book s editor Bert Cardullo is professor of American culture and literature at Ege University, in Izmir, Turkey He is the author of In Search of Cinema Selected Writings on International Film Art and Vittorio De Sica Director, Actor, Screenwriter The interviews collected by Bert Cardullo in Akira Kurosawa Interviews give us various lenses and filters through which the great director s works were seen, over a fairly decent period of time We have Japanese filmmaker interviewers, American critics, A Latin American novelist interviewer, and Bert Cardullo himself We have the very respectful, the respectful but inquisitive, the annoyingly self absorbed you ll know it when you read ita tipoff is that, after the most pompously convoluted question Kurosawa laughs and the one mind that provokes a real emotional response from Kurosawa.That s a nice survey You will hear many stories repeated I begin to think that Kurosawa relied heavily on some basic themes drawn from his experience, and reiterated in his work with Audie Bock Something Like an Autobiography and nearly word for word in Cardullo s final interview in the book but, despite the repetition, new stuff is intermixed, and quite fascinating for Kurosawa fans and scholars.Goes on the Kurosawa bookshelf. This title is part of a series edited by the University Press of Mississippi, and as I ve already reviewed one of the other titles, I ll just say this one is good as usual, but it still lacks the depth of Kurosawa s own Something Like An Autobiography The good thing is, his autobiography stops right when he becomes an international director, because he considers unnecessary to tell what people might already know This book covers a longer span, up until Kurosawa s last Madadayo There s nothing wrong with this book, but if you really want to know about Kurosawa, and not just about the way he made films, you d better start by the autobiography Then, read this one.