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A lifetime of moviemaking -- Kurosawa was 83 when he made it -- seems to have pared down his technique to its essentials.
It's not one of Kurosawa's great films; the compass of feeling is, in the end, too narrow, the scope of human reference too restricted. But it is, within its own proportions, nearly perfect.
This is the kind of film we would all like to make, if we were very old and very serene. There were times when I felt uncannily as if Kurosawa were filming his own graceful decline into the night.
This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
Kurosawa's swan song is a personal and overly sentimental story of a real-life retired university professor and literary figure.
The giant who walked among us is no more. We are fortunate to have the cinematic legacy he left.
A sweetly overlong portrayal of an interconnected community whose center is a beloved professor.
Sad and agonizing, it nonetheless allows Kurosawa to demonstrate his uniquely optimistic view of the world.
A masterly work, with Kurosawa, then 83, still capable of surprising an audience and creating indelible images.
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