The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Monday, November 13, 2006
DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR TOSHIRO MIFUNE: This week the poll addicts at The Cinematheque asked a bunch of buffs to pick our top five Akira Kurosawa films. My answers:
1. Rashomon (1950) - One of the most humane movies ever made.

2. Stray Dog (1949) - Not just a chilling noir, but a meditation on how much responsibility the ordinary Japanese citizen bears for the crimes of the militarist government. It has relevance beyond Japan.

3. Ikiru (1952) - Like Capra crossed with Ozu.

4. Yojimbo (1961) - It was based on Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, it inspired Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, and, remarkably, it manages to be better than both.

5. Throne of Blood (1957) - Easily the best of the celluloid Macbeths.
The full results are
online at the Cinematheque site.


posted by Jesse 10:30 AM
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