The Hidden Fortress

Wide-Screen, Big Ideas: The Wide-Screen Cinema of Akira Kurosawa | 13 Oct 2010 // 4:00 PM

After eschewing innovations like color and wide-screen filmmaking, when Akira Kurosawa made the conversion to a wider screen, he did so by making six consecutive films in wide screen, with a degree of success that was as resounding as it was influential.

West By East By West: The Influence of Kurosawa on the West and Vice Versa | 12 Oct 2010 // 4:00 PM

Through his influences and achievements, Kurosawa became one of the first true international filmmakers, inspiring several generations of filmmakers who would explore notions of genre and identity in film.


A General, a Princess and Two Greedy, Dim-Witted Peasants | 9 Apr 2014 // 8:10 PM

The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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