"You welcomed us as you would a plague. But when you heard the alarm, "Oh Samurai!" you turned to worship us." Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai
- Gives the movie fan an insight into the history, making and meaning of the classic film Seven Samaurai.
- Provides analysis of the film narrative and form, examines the style of film, and sets the context of the film with an explanation of Japanese history and culture.
- Includes a glossary of Japanese & cinematic terms, a bibliography of the film and a listing of websites having to do with the Seven Samurai or Akira Kurosawa.
Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer in film education.
Table of ContentsI. BACKGROUND.
Reading Seven Samurai.
Key Players' Biographies.
Director as Auteur.
II. NARRATIVE & FORM.
Genre in Japanese & American cinema.
Japanese Aesthetics & Influences on Cinema.
Kurosawa & Japanese Aesthetics.
Seven Samurai & Style.
Music & Sound.
Japanese History & Culture.
Cinema in Japan.
Cultural Context - 1954.
Readings of Seven Samurai in Cultural Context.
On Film Makers.
Production & Reception.