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TIME Magazine
March 4, 2013
No doubt about it now: Japan's Akira Kurosawa must be numbered with Sergei Eisenstein and D. W. Griffith among the supreme creators of cinema.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 4, 2013
No stage production could match Kurosawa's Birnam Wood, and, in his final framing of the hero -- a human hedgehog, stuck with arrows -- he conjures a tragedy not laden with grandeur but pierced, like a dream, by the absurd.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2008
Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's visually ravishing, as you would expect, employing compositional tableaux from the Noh drama, high contrast photography, and extraordinary images of rain, galloping horses, the birds fleeing from the forest.
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2003
Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
We label it amusing because lightly is the only way to take this substantially serio-comic rendering of the story of an ambitious Scot into a form that combines characteristics of the Japanese No theatre and the American Western film.
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