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Akira Kurosawa Had A Theory About His Films’ International Appeal

When Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, it allowed Japanese cinema to begin gaining more of a foothold abroad. Throughout his career, Kurosawa incorporated Western influences into his work, with Shakespeare being one ready example as seen in Kurosawa’s “Macbeth” and “King Lear” adaptations, “Throne of Blood” […]

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‘Drive My Car’ Becomes Second Japanese Film in History to Win International Feature Oscar

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” has won Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards. The Japanese film is only the second film from that country to win this prize competitively, following 2008’s “Departures.” Japan previously won three Honorary Oscars before the (previously named) Best Foreign Language Film category was instituted for films from 1956. […]

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The Afterparty Will Be Back For A Second Season With Tiffany Haddish Returning As Detective Danner

“The Afterparty” is fun as hell. Let’s get that out of the way right up front. This is Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (henceforth referred to by their mammoth brand of “Lord & Miller”) gathering top-notch writers and an absolutely stellar comedy cast to tackle the evergreen whodunnit subgenre. They take a “Rashomon” approach to this story, […]

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Ridley Scott to Journalist Who Says ‘Last Duel’ Is More Realistic Than His Past Films: ‘Go F*ck Yourself’

Ridley Scott is mincing no words on his no-apologies press tour for his latest period piece, “The Last Duel.” The 84-year-old director took a journalist to task in a junket video that’s gone viral on Twitter when the interviewer remarked that his new film is “more realistic” than Scott’s past period efforts like “Robin Hood” […]

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‘Hold Your Fire’ Review: The True Story Behind the Heist That Taught Cops How to Save Hostages Without Bullets

“Hold Your Fire” uncovers the untold story behind the longest hostage siege in New York Police Department history that also became the origin story of modern hostage negotiation. Director Stefan Forbes’ “Rashomon”-esque examination of policing in America, told from a triad of conflicting perspectives, arrives as the country finds itself amid a relitigating of the […]

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Oscars 2021: Best Editing Predictions

This season’s editing race features five Best Picture nominees with very visceral stories: Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” (serving as her own editor), Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Darius Marder’s “Sound of Metal,” Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” and Emerald Fennel’s “Promising Young Woman.” However, “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ is now the favorite, […]

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‘Rashomon’-Inspired TV Series Will Be Developed for HBO Max

Amblin Television and HBO Max have entered a development deal to create a television series inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon.”The untitled series will not be an adaptation of the original Japanese-language film, which premiered in 1950, but will retain its key plot points and narrative technique — a drama centering around a grisly sexual assault […]

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‘I barely breathed’: Tilda Swinton, Emma Thompson, Steve McQueen and more on their most memorable moments at the movies

From transformative nights in the grubbiest of fleapits to spellbinding screenings under the stars, film-makers and critics recall the communal thrill of going to the cinema• Walter Murch: why movies need cinemasIn my days as an impecunious young cineaste, there was the Tolmer cinema in Euston, the cheapest picturehouse in London, or anywhere – two […]

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‘Birds of Prey’ is ‘Pulp Fiction’ Meets ‘Rashomon’ With an Unreliable Narrator, Says Director Cathy Yan [Set Visit]

Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Birds of Prey is an ensemble piece with Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn serving as the center of attention. But it’s important to remember that Harley is a little deranged, and since this movie is being told from her perspective, it’s probably not wise to take everything you see as the […]

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Seven Samurai tops critics’ poll of best foreign-language films

Akira Kurosawa epic beats Bicycle Thieves to top of BBC’s 100-strong list that includes just four female-directed filmsA critics’ poll conducted by the BBC has voted Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 swordsman epic Seven Samurai as the greatest ever non-English-speaking film.The BBC culture website polled more than 200 “film experts” from more than 40 countries, including critics, […]

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