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The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune

Galbraith, Stuart, IV

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ISBN 10: 0571199828 / ISBN 13: 9780571199822
Published by Faber & Faber, NY, 2001
Condition: Almost Fine Soft cover
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Book has some sporadic discoloration on paper fore-edges. 804pp with Index. Heavy Printed Wraps (red with black lettering). 1st Ed. Uncorrected Proof/Not For Sale. Tight, square copy with firm corners. No remainder mark. No internal names, notes or markings. No DJ issued. A scholarly study of this Japanese Film-Director/Actor whose tumultous lives and harsh relationship with each other and Japanese Film Studios reflected the post-war Am. & Japanese Cultural Looking Glass. No illustrations in the Proof Ed. USPS Tracking provided. (H) Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 17382

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Title: The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and ...

Publisher: Faber & Faber, NY

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Heavy Printed Wraps

Book Condition:Almost Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: None Issued

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Movies

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The first -- and long overdue -- English-language biography of two of the world's great cinema figures.

Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune made sixteen feature films together, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, and High and Low -- all undisputed masterworks of world cinema. Kurosawa's films inspired blockbuster remakes and influenced directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese. Meanwhile, Mifune virtually invented the roaming warrior rogue, a character adapted with great success by actors like Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Bruce Willis, and countless others. Their impact on the international film world is undisputable, yet at the very height of their abilities, Kurosawa and Mifune went their separate ways. After Red Beard in 1965 they would never work together again -- nor would they ever achieve the same level of success apart as they had together.

The Emperor and the Wolf is an in-depth look at the life and work of these two luminaries of cinema. Full of behind-the-scenes details about their tumultuous lives and stormy relationships with the studios and each other, it is also a provocative look at postwar American and Japanese culture and the different lenses through which the two societies viewed each other.

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"This is an informative, intelligent and carefully considered study of one of the greatest actor-director teams in the history of cinema, a creative partnership that equaled Ford and Wayne or Léaud and Truffaut. If you have any interest whatsoever in the work of Kurosawa in particular or Japanese cinema in general, The Emperor and the Wolf is a must read." --Martin Scorsese

"This fascinating chronicle of two intertwined lives, filled with new information and informed enthusiasm, is by far the best popular account of an important director and his finest actor." --Donald Richie, author of The Films of Akira Kurosawa

"The Emperor and the Wolf is a terrific book, and long overdue: a well-researched study of how a great director and a great actor fired each other up; an informative history of how high profile Japanese films were received at home and abroad; a surprising genealogy of the modern action hero; and a fresh look at sixteen Kurosawa movies-at least six of them all-time classics. I've seen the ronin trilogy Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro more often than is probably good for me. But this double biography has revealed new layers of meaning in them. So I suppose I'll just have to see them all over again . . ." --Christopher Frayling, author of Sergio Leone: Something to do with Death

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