Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
“However one defines the word masterpiece as it applies to films, it undoubtedly must apply to Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.” (David Blakeslee).Kurosawa, a lifelong fan and ‘student’ of the director John Ford, applies the ‘grammar of the Western’ to medieval Japan in his 1954 samurai epic. Working with his ensemble of veteran actors, Kurosawa is credited with originating in this film the premise of a ragtag team of strangers and misfits joining together for a noble purpose. Often copied and imitated (Magnificent Seven), Seven Samurai has never been equaled. Nominated for two Oscars, it won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in the year of its release.
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