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Watch: Criticwire’s Guide to the Free Kurosawa Films on Hulu (VIDEO)

Watch: Criticwire's Guide to the Free Kurosawa Films on Hulu (VIDEO)

Nobody’s celebrating Akira Kurosawa’s birthday better than Hulu this weekend. In honor of the late director’s 103rd birthday, all Kurosawa films are free on Hulu until midnight tomorrow. We’ve selected some choice writing about a few of the great director’s best films for you to read in order to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of some of his finest work. You can also find the films embedded below.

Red Beard: Bright Lights Film Journal has a good piece looking at the film’s reception in different parts of the world and how it has changed as time has passed, analyzed through the film’s grandiose scale that provides many of its biggest strengths and weaknesses.

High And Low“: From Senses of Cinema, a close, formal analysis of choice scenes and what they tell us about the protagonist.

Seven Samurai“: Particularly helpful before watching, this essay provides a thematic overview of the film and helps you focus on a few thematic elements, as well as a brief look at how they are achieved.

Rashomon“: Over at Reverse Shot is a thoughtful pondering of the “Rashomon” effect and an attempt to make sense of exactly what happens.

Ikiru“: For what may be the director’s most emotional film, two critics dialogue extensively about everything from structure to meaning at The House Next Door.

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