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In celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai ⎯ one of cinema’s most superb and influential achievements ⎯ Richard D. Pepperman presents this elegant book as a master class, and illustrates, with beautiful strokes of insight, how and why this film has inspired generations of filmmakers. Here is a handbook for directors, screenwriters, and editors, and a guide for all curious lovers of cinema.
"Any film director who can count a minimum of 12 masterpieces among his films is clearly unique and worthy of serious study. An excellent introduction to the work of Kurosawa." Francis Ford Coppola
“From filmmaker to filmgoer, you’re always in good hands with a little Pepperman at your side — and…Watching Seven Samurai is no exception.” — Billy Altman, Cultural Critic: New York Times, New Yorker
“Richard Pepperman gives the reader a lively, scene-by-scene tour of Kurosawa’s masterpiece, pointing out the visual and storytelling choices that make the film so distinguished. For many of us, the book’s title speaks truth.” — Stephen Prince, Author, The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
About the Author
Richard D. Pepperman has worked in film for a half century. His credits include work as an editor, post-production supervisor, and consultant on features, documentaries, industrials, music videos, and commercials. Richard’s film collaborations have been official selections to many international festivals, including: Aspen, Berlin, Cannes, the Hamptons, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), London, Montreal, Munich, Rotterdam, Sitges (Barcelona), Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Toronto. Richard is the author of The Eye is Quicker. Film Editing: Making a Good Film Better (2004); Setting Up Your Scenes: The Inner Workings of Great Films (2005); Film School: How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything About Filmmaking (2008); and Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments (2010), a finalist for the 2011 Best Moving Image Book Award, and selected to the permanent collection of Britain’s National Media Museum.