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AKIRA KUROSAWA: Interviews, edited by Burt Cardullo. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008, 196 pp., $20 (paper)

Once, when I asked Akira Kurosawa about the meaning of one of his films he answered: “If I could have said it in words, I would have — then I wouldn’t have needed to make the picture.” Quite true, yet here is a number of words, all extracted from him by numerous interviewers, most of them bent on discovering the “meaning” of his work.

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