Silent Duel

A Short Film

Presented by Rick De Witt, MFA Cinematography, AFI

Silent Duel (TM) (P) (C) All Rights Reserved. Directed by Rick DeWitt. EverWitt Productions, LLC 2016. Short format film. Slated for filming in 2017

Silent Duel (TM) (P) (C) All Rights Reserved. Directed by Rick DeWitt. EverWitt Productions, LLC 2016. Short format film. Slated for filming in 2017

Silent Duel is not a film about Akira Kurosawa, but rather a film about the birth of his creative spirit. That moment in his life that was the spark of inspiration that forged his destiny.
— Rick De Witt
A fantastic museum visit in the Los Angeles area. Click logo to open museum website on a new page.

A fantastic museum visit in the Los Angeles area. Click logo to open museum website on a new page.

The making of this film is to celebrate the important history of Japanese contributions to cinema and to preserve the legacy of legendary filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa
— EverWitt Productions, LLC

This film will showcase at:

  • Domestic and international film festivals
  • University film programs
  • Museum installation events
  • And, it will be entered for Academy short film consideration

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The Benshi Tradition


http://www.arte.tv/sites/olivierpere/2011/11/22/reves-dakira-kurosawa/

http://www.arte.tv/sites/olivierpere/2011/11/22/reves-dakira-kurosawa/

Akira Kurosawa Biography

Filmmaker, Director (1910–1998)

Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa won international acclaim with such films as 'Rashomon' (1950), 'Ikiru' (1952) and 'Ran' (1985).

Born in Tokyo in 1910, Akira Kurosawa begin his career as an assistant director in the years leading up to World War II. In 1950, he gained international acclaim for the samurai tale Rashomon, which he followed with such influential films as The Seven SamuraiThrone of Blood and Yojimbo. After a difficult period during which he failed to find backing for his projects and also attempted suicide, his influence on a younger generation of directors led to the resurrection of his career with the films Kagemusha and Ran. Kurosawa died in 1998, leaving behind an impressive body of work that has earned him a place as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. ~ Excerpt, Biography.com, 2016

For more, please see Biography.com


Akira Kurosawa painting. All film and gallery art for this film is based on the paintings and filmwork of Akira Kurosawa, as interpreted by a contemporary expressionist painter.

Akira Kurosawa painting. All film and gallery art for this film is based on the paintings and filmwork of Akira Kurosawa, as interpreted by a contemporary expressionist painter.

Japanese “silent movies” were never silent. From the very first showing of motion pictures in Japan in 1896 until the end of the silent era in 1939, a person, or a group of people, always supplied a verbal component to the motion picture show. The most widely accepted Japanese word for this “narrator” is benshi, although the term changed over time. Benshi formed a central part of the “silent movie” experience in Japan by explaining what the motion picture was about, either before, during, or after the show. While one can find examples of similar motion picture narration elsewhere in the world, Japan is the only place where narrators proved to be an influential and integral part of silent cinema.

During the initial decade of motion pictures, benshi typically appeared prior to the films, giving audiences rather detailed introductory remarks (maesetsu) about the content of the movies about to be shown. Since most of the motion pictures were foreign imports, benshi primarily spent their time explaining Western exotica, customs, and places contained in the film. As movies became more narrative, benshi began summarizing film plots and characters in their introductory remarks.
— ~Jeffrey Dym, A Brief History of the Benshi

For more about the benshi tradition, please click here for more of Jeffrey Dyn's work.

Dym, Jeffery A. (2003), Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators, and Their Forgotten Narrative Art of Setsumei: A History of Japanese Silent Film Narration, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003, ISBN: 0773466487, vi and 292 pages.

http://courses.hamilton.edu/dhi-class-1/benshi/the-art-of-setsumei

http://courses.hamilton.edu/dhi-class-1/benshi/the-art-of-setsumei


List of Complete Creative Works - Akira Kurosawa

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Please click picture for complete filmography and creative works of Akira Kurosawa wiki page.