Episode 82: Nobody Wants That Much Dostoyevsky: Part 1

, with special guest:

0082 Kurosawa 1We return triumphant, dear listeners, with the first part of a massive two-part episode about Akira Kurosawa! That’s right! Strap on your oversized samurai sword and keep track of your gun, because we’re going to get into the nitty gritty of Kurosawa’s career.

For this epic undertaking, we are joined once again by movie ubernerd and fellow podcaster, Noel Thingvall!

If you would like to drink along, we recommend either Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon or Apothic Red, because they both start with A (for Akira!) and because they are tasty. Or, if you are the non-drinking sort, try Cherry Pomegranate Super Chill Ice, which is what Noel was drinking for this event.

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Sanshiro Sugata
Sanshiro Sugata Part II
The Most Beautiful
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail
Those Who Make Tomorrow
No Regrets for Our Youth
One Wonderful Sunday
Snow Trail
Drunken Angel
The Quiet Duel
Ghosts (play)
Stray Dog
The Idiot
Hara Kiri
Seven Samurai
The Magnificent Seven
It Could Happen to You
I Live in Fear
Macbeth (play)
Throne of Blood
Sleep No More (play)
The Lower Depths
The Hidden Fortress

People mentioned:
Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune
Takeshi Shimura
Heigo Kurosawa
Kajirō Yamamoto
John Ford
Minoru Chiaki
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto
Stanley Tucci
Oliver Platt
Maxim Gorky


Noel’s blog, where he wrote about all of Kurosawa’s films

The Rashomon episode of Reel Education

A baffling trailer for The Magnificent Seven

Shirtless Stanley Tucci drinking a glass of wine

Pixels (the short film)

1 comment

  1. I think my homework before next week’s episode lands is to watch Seven Samurai and possibly follow it up with Magnificent Seven because I’ve never seen them in close enough succession to catch the what’s changed / what’s different parts. Hmmmmm.

    I’m not going to try to cram Samurai 7 in there as well, because that’s 20 some-odd episodes at 23 minutes each and dammit, I have work to do. I mean, it’s a great series, let’s be honest, but sheesh.

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