Kurosawa’s early spring
from Film Art, posted over 4 years ago
The Most Beautiful (1944).
For Donald Richie
Cinephile communities aren’t free of peer pressure. Sometimes you must choose or be thought a waffler. In postwar France, the debate within the Cahiers du cinéma camp often came down to big dualities. Ford or Wyler? German Lang or American Lang? British Hitchcock or American Hitchcock? In the America of the 1960s and 1970s, we had our own forced choices, most notably���Chaplin or Keaton?
This maneuver assumed that your tastes could be caught by a simple pair of alternatives. If you liked Chaplin, you probably favored extroverted performance, sentiment, and direction that was straightforward (“theatrical,” even...