Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Seven Samurai: Two Styles

These are Samurais 6 and 7: Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo, with his false pedigree, and Seiji Migaguchi as Kyuzo, the wicked cool one who looks like Buster Keaton. Mifune gives a performance as a classic trickster figure, almost demonic, at the same time he appears to be an everyman, a lost soul in a world which doesn't make a lot of sense - a ferocious performance, both in its humor and its tragedy.

Edit: Fresca's comment has reminded me that this film explores the theme of loyalty in a genuinely curious way, as does The Third Man, and is like that film one of the greatest films of the twentieth century.

14 comments:

Fresca said...

OK, that does it.
I am watching this tonight. (It's been years...)
It's streamable on Netflix.

ArtSparker said...

Fresca - one of things it occurred to me to say about this film, which you've now reminded me of, is that it speaks to some of the same themes as "The Third Man", and is, like that film, arguably a contestant for greatest film of all time. Off to edit...

The Scrybe said...

Agree, brilliant film... Hello again :)

Eva said...

The right one reminds me of Humphrey Bogart.

Fresca said...

It'll be interesting because I just saw "The Third Man" on the big screen last month.
Wish I could see 7 samurai that way again too.

I see "Rashomon" is being re-released for its 50th anniversary this year!

Coffee Messiah said...

Third Man is one of the best, 2 B sure!

BTW, been busy, but am still getting ready something to send your way.....
Cheers!

Jasmine said...

The figure in the foreground reminds me of Humphrey Bogart. I will have to get this film out somewhere. My attention span for films and ooks is very flimsy right now though.

donny* said...

*adding more to the list of the things i need to see*

Cobalt Violet said...

Funny, both films are in my Netflix queue! Guess I need to bump them up!

Loving the art! Fantastic ... I am inspired!

Celeste Bergin said...

I saw The Seven Samurai years ago...and I was rapt! It would be great to see it again. A wonderful rainy-day idea. Funny Eva here says your wicked cool fellow looks like Humphrey Bogart--because I always saw a resemblance between Humphrey Bogart and Buster Keaton!

ArtSparker said...

Celeste - Heh, I hadn't thought of that. Lateral compression?

Asja said...

Seeing your posts makes me wish to watch The Seven Samurai again!

Titus said...

Full agreement. Great image.

rosedale's 4head said...

saw the johnny debb trailer for Alice and only thought of you...and i'm an English literature under-g and graduate, even wrote an A- paper in under-g on it....can still only think of your Alice-es. Tiny Theatre.