My all time top 250 list: bit.ly/3qXCwgq
It borders on blasphemy to say that a Kurosawa film can be too long, but Kagemusha somewhat is. Cinematographically, Kagemusha is on par with his masterpiece Ran, I think even to the point that if you were to show a mash-up trailer of both films it would be hard to distinguish one from the other. The cliché remark that ‘every frame is a painting’ without a doubt applies to this film as well. But at certain moments, and again I…
“No! He still follows his warrior gods marching to Wagnerian strains, his eyes still fixed upon the firey sword of Siegfried, and he knows subterranean meeting places that you don't believe in. The German's dream world comes alive when he takes his place in shining armor beneath the banners of the Teutonic knights. Mankind is waiting for the Messiah, but for the German, the Messiah is not the Prince of Peace. No, he's... another Barbarossa... another Hitler.”
Only Orson Welles…
"So they were turning after all, those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her."
Sunset Boulevard might have the best script ever written for a movie. Having seen this movie now for a third time, I have come to believe that this truly is one of the greatest movies ever made. The dialogue, the cinematography, the dark, yet mysterious characters, the fun cameo…