A few words from Akira Kurosawa

The original Japanese poster for Kurosawa’s DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948).

Akira Kurosawa:

“Films nowadays are full of dialogue, but it shouldn’t be explanatory. So I begin by imagining how to express the story as a silent film.

“…The viewer should engage their imagination as they watch a film with the filmmaker’s imagination. But with all the colors and sounds in a film, everything tends to get overly explained. The worst offense is when dialogue becomes explanatory…although that may make a film easier to understand. Rather than expressing, film has evolved towards describing.

drunken_angel.dvdFrom the documentary Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, included on the Criterion DVD of Kurosawa’s Drunken Angel (1948).

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