Directors of Cinema: Episode 2 – Akira Kurosawa


Directors of Cinema podcast 2

Welcome to another episode of Directors of Cinema, the podcast that highlights the careers of cinema’s most prominent directors. Each week, host Matthew Goudreau and a guest discuss selected works of a director chosen by the guest.

On this episode, host Matt Goudreau and special guest Ryan Gibbs discuss selected works from Akira Kurosawa. With a filmography as expansive as Kurosawa’s, we simply did not have the time to go through his entire career. Some of the films we discuss in this episode include:

  • Sanshiro Sugata
  • Seven Samurai
  • Throne of Blood
  • Dreams
  • Madadayo
  • Rashomon
  • Yojimbo

Throughout the show, we divulge into several conversations regarding Kurosawa’s outstanding contributions to the history of film. Specifically, we highlight his influence on Star Wars as well as his influence on numerous directors who became prominent in the 70s.

You can listen to the show on ShoutEngine or through iTunes via “Directors of Cinema.” Please subscribe on iTunes for immediate access to all future episodes.

Matt is a 21 year old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age. After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the afficinado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mindbending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don't worry; he's still one for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren't the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.