This month on Extra Milestone, we’re celebrating the 65th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s legendary action epic, Seven Samurai, which was released on April 26, 1954. As always, we dive into the historical context and legacy for the film, why it’s so fondly remembered, and what we think of it all these years later.
Stay tuned toward the end of this discussion to get a heads up on what we’re discussing for next month’s Extra Milestone! If you have any suggestions or feedback, please comment below.
Our intro music in this episode was composed by Howard Jackson and Louis Silvers. It’s from the opening scene of It Happened One Night, the first film we covered in this bonus series.
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This movie is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Hope you all decide to go with 400 Blows for the next milestone!
One thing I always come back to about SEVEN SAMURAI is the heart-pounding score. It collides with the slow motion photography in ways I can’t even put into words. I first saw this in middle school and I admittedly didn’t get why it needed to be so long at first. I just wanted to rush through the village scenes and get right to the war. But the village scenes are so crucial in making you care about every single character, even the unlikeable ones. 10/10
a Kurosawa podcast would be epic. I would call it The Hidden Podcast…
I like the opening theme, but I’ll admit I was slightly sad to not hear the Seven Samurai score.