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Composing Kurosawa: an Exploration of Movement in the Movies of a Master

Film essayist Tony Zhou launches his exploration into cinematic kinematics, 'Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement.'

by Emerson Rosenthal
20 March 2015, 10:45pm

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Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

The wait is over: film essayist Tony Zhou has launched Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement, his eight-minute film essay on the cinematic kinematics of the Japanese auteur. Incorporating interviews with Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, and Paul Verhoeven into a supercut of moments from Ran, Rashomon, and others, all set to music from J Dilla, Nujabes, DJ Shadow, and Yoko Kanno & Seatbelts, the latest volume of Zhou's Every Frame a Painting series is like a masterclass in motion from the maestro himself. 

"More than any other filmmaker, [Kurosawa] had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen," Zhou invites viewers to join him in "studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history," in his film's description. Step into the moving world of Akira Kurosawa above, and check out The Geometry of a Scene, the short cinematic essay on shot composition that didn't make it into the final Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement

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