The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and…
A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
I often wonder how religious beliefs evolve. Maybe I've spoken of this before, but I like to think about the genesis of superstitions and so on, and when I hear of an interesting one, I linger on it a bit. In this film, the titular character believes that his god will punish him for shooting a tiger. He has many interesting beliefs about nature and divinity and their connection, but this one stood out because this is what I know about tigers: they are bad ass. There's a lot of chatter about what animal is the most dangerous and whatnot, but there's a reason tigers feature as an unstoppable villain in Kipling's stories, and there's a reason men used to…
"Man is too small to face the vastness of nature."
Dersu Uzala is a very odd film for Akira Kurosawa. Not only does it not take place in Japan, but the language spoken is not Japanese. It takes place in the wilderness of Russia (so they speak Russian). Apparently the film is based on real events. The acting is great, the direction is as well and the cinematography is absolutely stunning. Honestly there were times during the film where I was in awe at the beauty of some of the shots in this film. Its truly one of the most amazing looking films ever made. I loved the relationship between the two leads and the themes of nature and survival. Overall despite being nothing like Kurosawa's other work, Dersu Uzala is still a very good film. 8/10
Watching this movie I was reminded of a poem called Wanderlust I had studied in school. It makes one want to pack their bags and travel to new places.Friendship is a key theme between two men of different backgrounds.Goes on my re watch list.
An unexpectedly gentle film from Kurosawa. And I wouldn't suggest that that should come as a surprise, since despite his popular reputation for action, you could make a good argument that his finest film is also devoid of such thrills(Ikiru, in case you're wondering).
So this film doesn't so much reveal anything new about the master, as much as it continues to confirm that there was really nothing he couldn't do.
The film is pretty long, considering the fact that it doesn't seem to have enough material to warrant a nearly two and a half hour running time. Aside from the title character, the main character is Captain Arseniev (Solomin), a mapmaker on a topographic expedition, surveying an area of Russian wilderness, circa 1902. He is joined by a troop of men and together, the group happen upon Dersu Uzala (Munzuk), a little, old Goldi tribesman who agrees to show the mapmaker around, be his guide. The group, being led by Dersu, wander around the wilderness doing a whole lot of nothing. At the film's most interesting sequence, a vicious storm threatens the life of Captain Arseniev and Dersu, who have…
A real outlier in Kurosawa's filmography, the only one of his films to be shot in 70mm and feature no Japanese actors, Dersu Uzala is rather like a Soviet Disney film, a wilderness survival adventure about the deepening friendship and respect between two men from different cultures. A masculine story from the most masculine of directors (seriously one of my top 5 favorite directors, but it's fairly easy to criticize his portrayal of women), Dersu Uzala nevertheless finds the director in a sentimental and contemplative mode, perhaps because this was shot only a few months after his infamous suicide attempt. While there is a real epic feel and some amazing compositions, this still feels like a minor work, accessible but inessential.
With such a delightful, tragic, and humanist tale at its core, it's no wonder why Kurosawa was attracted to this project. A beautiful film in desperate need of a worthy restoration.
Need to watch a better version of this one. The Kino Lorber dvd transfer is awful in most respects. There was a shadow of a beautiful film.
El canto a la naturaleza del maestro Kurosawa es una obra de belleza incalculable, de poesía eterna, de amor por la vida y el hombre. Es que toda palabrería se me va a quedar corta. Mejor disfrutarla y llorar de dicha con ella en lugar de mancillarla con verborrea.
Kurosawa's greatest lesser known film. He apparently made it in Russia. This film is so moving by the end. You experience it and grow to love Dersu. He is a fully fleshed out human character who fully earns the right to be one of the great screen heroes. His spirit stays with you long after the film ends. The love story between the two men is so moving and powerful to me because they are such opposites, from such different worlds, and unlikely paths. Their affinity for each other isn't romantic or physical, but grows out of finding a universality in life among nature. This is one of my favorite films.
The film simply depicts the unlikeliest of friendship between a hunter and an officer and the time they spend together. There are passing references on the effect of (either good or bad) the increasing interaction of the urban human population and the remote wilderness. To believe that this aspect forms the central core of the movie and the movie is trying to highlight it and pass on some related message would be over interpretation of these references.
One of my favorite films. I own the Kino release, and am not very satisfied with it. I would love for Criterion to get their hands on this.
The year is 1902 and Captain Arseniev (Yuri Solomin) is leading an expedition through the Ussuri basin. During his expedition he meets Nanai tribesman and trapper, Dersu Uzala (portrayed by Tuvan actor Maxim Munzuk) who is hired by Arseniev to be a guide for the group.
Dersu's more simple and less civilised ways are initially met with amusement by the rest of the group. Time and time again his skill, intuition and knowledge prove beneficial and impressive however and soon he gains the respect of his fellow travellers.
The film is formally split into two parts. The first shows the formation of the friendship between Captain Arseniev and Dersu Uzala over the course of their travels and fights for survival…
Primera del realizador que veo.
Después de haber visto "The Revenant" en la pantalla grande, me resulta muy difícil de sorprenderme con una peli de los 70 con temática parecida (aunque en realidad no hay mucho que ver con la del DiCaprio, solo algunos guiños). Pero el resto de la peli funciona, y MUCHO. Dura lo que tiene que durar, y se pasa volando, y uno solo se puede dejar llevar con ella.
Excelente el sonido, por cierto.
'Dersu Uzala' is a spiritual, sensorial and emotional experience. It lowers the human being to an insignificance part of the Earth. Nature is another character itself, the most important one. All its elements together make up to the essence of any being.
Dersu is an old hunter that lives running free and wild across the hills. He can't live in the city because he would lose himself, what fulfils him.
This film is a poem to nature, life and the connections between human beings. It takes a simple talk around a bonfire to build strong relationships. That cannot take place in a city because it's the unique magic of nature.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…