1/28/05 ~ Searching for a muse

Last year, I spent a lot of time studying Seven Samurai and the films of Kurosawa to find inspiration and direction as a visual storyteller. Recently, I've been drawn to Hitchcock and Vertigo in particular. Hitchcock and Kurosawa have a lot in common as directors. While Hitchcock focuses on the individual, intrapersonal conflict-- Kurosawa is more interested in the collective and the interpersonal. One sees the self, one sees the community-- both are interested in reducing these elements to their purist form. Hitchcock is a pessimist, setting a legacy for Kubrick. Kurosawa is a humanist, influencing the work of Spielberg. What particularly interests me is how both try to create a pure visual language, reducing dialogue and recreating the silent movie.

I have more thoughts on this, but I'm off for lunch.

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