David and I are back with another episode of The Eclipse Viewer, the podcast dedicated to the Criterion Collection’s Eclipse Series of DVDs.
In this episode we discuss the first four films made by Akira Kurosawa, one of the most important directors of all time. As in the Kinoshita set we reviewed last month, these films were made during and just after World War II. These are packaged in Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa: Sanshiro Sugata (1943); The Most Beautiful (1944); Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945); and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945).
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In the next episode of The Eclipse Viewer, David and I will be continuing our excursion in to films made during World War II, shifting from the east to the west, by discussing Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation. This set features the following three films: Remorques (1941), Lumière d’Été (1943), and Le Ciel Est à Vous (1944).