#024: High And Low

criterion24AKIRA KUROSAWA

1963

Of course a great movie is one that has amazing direction and writing and everything else, but never discount how much the look of a film has to do with its being so good.  One of my favourite aspects of movies from the 1960s is the look of widescreen black and white films of the era, and one of my favourite examples is Kurosawa’s superb police thriller.  The manner in which he displays the drama across a lengthy image that almost replicates the feeling of good theatre, but with the lustre of monochrome beauty, is as exciting as the exploration of Japan’s legal culture.

Listen to the episode of the podcast here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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