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Stray Dog

1949

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  • Driving forward even as the characters wander in circles, his camera is all swift pans and hard curves, one sinewy composition after another. A long take of Mifune sharing a beer with an affably hardboiled pickpocket (melancholy harmonica player in the foreground) unfolds as a languid dolly-in casually punctuated by a glimpse of a summer night’s starry sky.

  • Coming just before RASHOMON, his breakthrough into more serious filmmaking, STRAY DOG finds Kurosawa at the peak of his craft before reaching for even greater thematic heights. The movie is a gripping, often intense detective story built around a rich depiction of post-war Tokyo.

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