Famed Japanese movie director Akira Kurosawa believed that the most beautiful movies had a certain “cinematic essence.” He also had the audacious belief that movie-makers might even contribute toward changing human nature for the better. This work introduces students to Kurosawa’s main ideas about creating better movies and to a few of his 30 movies.
Movies created by the French director Robert Bresson often appear on “best movie” lists. Bresson also made a series of observations and suggestions about the process of making better movies. This commentary introduces students to both Bresson’s signature ideas and his movies.