Did anyone else see that KUROSAWA documentary on PBS?

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  1. Tim RH

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    On PBS last night, they showed an excellent, somewhat comprehensive 2-hour documentary on the life and films of the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. I managed to tape it and I watched it today and I must say that it is probably my favorite documentary I've ever seen (and I've seen my fair share)! I hope some other people on this forum got the chance to view this program.

    Some highlights (for me, anyway) included a Rashomon reunion, a look at the original script book for Seven Samurai and interviews with James Coburn and Clint Eastwood about Kurosawa's impact on themselves and Hollywood movies. The narration by Sam Shepard was good, but the excerpts of Kurosawa's autobiography, read by Paul Scofield, were even better.

    Aside from the fact that they mostly overlooked his film noir ganster movies, I couldn't recommend this documentary any higher!!!

    Comments anyone?
     
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    Crap crap crap, I missed it. Gotta go check when it plays again....
     
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    I'm moving this thread back to Movies because I think this discussion will focus on Kurosawa and is more suited for the "film snobs" to discuss in their area.
    Crawdaddy
     
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    Crap! Anyone know if it will be rerun?
     
  5. Sam Hatch

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    In my area it's going to be on this afternoon at four. Time for me to go digging for a tape!
     
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    If I am not mistaken, this documentary will be on DVD soon (4/23). I haven't watched it yet, but I might be picking up the DVD.
     
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    I screwed up taping it. In Atlanta there are two PBS channels and I taped the wrong one so I got Charlie Rose.
     
  8. SteveGon

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    Deepak is correct - I did some checking and this documentary is due to come out on dvd on April 23rd. The list price for the disc is $35.00 so you might want to pre-order it from an online retailer to get a better price.
     
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    I watched it twice in the last few days. I made invited my teenaged daughter to watch too. She's now as excited as I that we have the Criterion Seven Samarai being shipped to us right this moment. Also good was the recent PBS documentary on Alfred Hitchcock wherein his irritation with David Selznik was focused on.
     
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    It was pretty odd timing -- last week I just happened to watch Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Sanjuro and Dreams. Then the end of the week shows up with a great Kurosawa documentary. Synchronicity!
     
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    For some reason, the principle PBS affiliate in the Los Angeles are--KCET (there are three or four in this town)--is not showing it until this week.
     
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    I saw this listed on USA Today buy totally forgot about it. I'll have to see if my local PBS will show it again.

    ~Edwin
     
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    crap! they aired it twice in my area...i've missed both dates!

    pbs.org has a station/show finder feature if anyone else is curious
     
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    I found a listing for Kurosawa at DVD Price Search. It shows a 04/23/02 release date and Wellspring as the distributor. I pre-ordered it and got 40% off!
    Does Wellspring usually distribute titles for PBS?
     
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    I thought the first half of the documentary was okay. I started feeling sleepy 45 minutes into the program and had to record the second half.

    ~T
     

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