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Kurosawa's Rashomon : A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films (Hardcover)

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"The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists.  But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the rare instances where the term fits."—Martin ScorseseDespite his status as a global icon, Kurosawa's life story remains an enigma, and thus art imitates life with its own "Rashomon" effect. First, there were his early years as a painter and young socialist.  Then, there was his fiercely intelligent and tormented older brother, Heido. And finally, there is the epic narrative of 20th century Japan's rise and fall.  Kurosawa's iconic film marks a turning point in world cinema and allows us to probe the intricacies and conflicting details of Kurosawa's life and times.To discover the true Kurosawa, Paul Anderer guides us through the ruins of a defeated country and a shattered family. With fresh and insightful prose, Anderer brings to life the dynamic energy of Tokyo in the 1920's and the city's impact on the young Kurosawa.  He also resurrects the specter of Kurosawa's older brother, Heido, who took Kurosawa to see his first films. Heido himself was a star in the then-thriving silent film industry, leading a colorful, rebellious life until his despairing, tragic end. Through it all, Anderer brings these formative years into focus and looks beyond the aura of Kurosawa's enduring fame. Kurosawa’s Rashomonpromises to bring Kurosawa and his vivid, challenging world to life.
Number of Pages: 248.0
Genre: Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Film + Video / History + Criticism, Individual Director
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Paul Anderer
Language: English
Street Date: October 11, 2016
TCIN: 51413588
UPC: 9781681772271
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-6671

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