Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


Our first DVD of Ikiru was taken from a print missing the iconic footage of Takeshi Shimura sitting on the swing. Presumably some projectionist had snipped it out and kept it as a trophy. Also it had gobbledy-gook subtitles that rendered stretches of the action unintelligible.

Even so it looked like a masterpiece.

Our new copy is the BFI edition. It's taken from a faded, battered- but complete print. Now I know who the bohemian in the black hat is, and what the fluffy bunny signifies, and what's going on in the office politics at the funeral.

Kurosawa's greatest movies are like houses- huge sprawling houses. You can inhabit them.

There are resemblances between Ikiru and Citizen Kane. Some of the same questions are asked,. "What gives life meaning?" "How can we ever know what makes another person tick?" even "What is truth?" The difference is that Ikiru has heart.

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