The Idiot – Akira Kurosawa (1951)

Dostoyevsky’s dark parable on human emotion is uprooted from its Russian Summer setting and manoeuvred to the cold, snowy straits of northern Japan in Akira Kurosawa’s bleak but majestic adaptation of The Idiot. Kameda, a shy and delicate man after living life in an asylum for being convicted of war crimes, travels to Hakaido to start his life afresh. The story revolves around the evolution of … Continue reading The Idiot – Akira Kurosawa (1951)

Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)

Before the Second World War, mythology was in a healthy and respectable state of affairs.  With Jewish mysticism in particular dominating the beliefs and influences of many fields, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into film.  The fantasy elements and myths in particular seem a perfect mould for the cinematic medium, yet it seems to have been resisted in … Continue reading Der Golem – Paul Wegener (1920)