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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Throne of Blood (1957) d. Akira Kurosawa

Throne of Blood: Toshiro Mifune does Macbeth

Movie Review
Throne of Blood (1957)
d. Akira Kurosawa
Criterion Collection #190

 Kurosawa Macbeth movie!  If you've seen Macbeth you know the plot of Throne of Blood which is a fairly accurate (to my weak grasp of Shakespeare) rendition of the famous Shakespeare play Macbeth.  What caught my attention in Throne of Blood was 1st) the large scale battle scenes- which i don't remember from any other Kurosawa film- even the Seven Samurai was pretty small scale battle scenes.  The second is his use of Noh Theatre, which makes sense since the play within the play from Macbeth is a necessary part of the underlying source material.

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