Something Like An Autobiography

Something Like An Autobiography

Book - 1982
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Random House, Inc.
Translated by Audie E. Bock.

"A first rate book and a joy to read.... It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book.... Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good script, on scriptwriting as an essential tool for directors, on directing actors, on camera placement, and on the value of steeping oneself in literature, from great novels to detective fiction."

"For the lover of Kurosawa's movies...this is nothing short of must reading...a fitting companion piece to his many dynamic and absorbing screen entertainments."
--Washington Post Book World

Baker & Taylor
The distinguished filmmaker chronicles his life from his birth in 1910 to the worldwide success in 1951 of his film "Rashomon" and provides a provocative account of the Japanese film industry

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1982
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394714394
Characteristics: xiii, 205 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 02, 2017

Akira Kurosawa, the famous Japanese film director, wrote this "autobiography" that takes us through only Rashomon. If only it had been longer! It's sort of like an autobiography, sort of like a mini-history of Japanese film, sort of like several vignettes of his life. He lived through the Great Kanto Earthquake and, of course, through WWII. Since he was only 3 years older than my dad, I found his description of his childhood especially interesting since my dad spent a good part of his childhood in Japan. A must for lovers of Japanese film.

Dec 11, 2015

Though cinephiles will certainly appreciate this book, it is so evocative, subtle, and bittersweet that any reader can easily get into it. Kurosawa details his childhood, his struggles in school, his personal losses (the deaths of several siblings), and his early film career in a way that is both lyrical and direct. Regrettably, the book is all too brief (less than 200 pages), ending with Rashomon (1950), the film that brought him and Japanese cinema international recognition. It's a beautifully written book and a fine antidote to so many showboating memoirs and autobiographies that clog up the book lists.


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