Liberty, Individualism, and Rebellion in Westerns and Samurai Films
Participants in this colloquium compared and contrasted films by Akira Kurosawa and John Ford, a director Kurosawa admired, focusing on the differences in the views of individualism, society, and nation in the Japanese and American cultures.
My Darling Clementine (1946). Directed by John Ford. 20th Century Fox: Los Angeles, 2004. DVD.
Yojimbo & Sanjuro - Two Films by Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Criterion Collection: New York, 2007. DVD.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Directed by John Ford. Paramount, 2001. DVD.
Fort Apache (1948). Directed by John Ford. RKO Radio Pictures, 2007. DVD.
Throne of Blood. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Criterion Collection: New York, 2003. DVD.
Cleary, Thomas. Code of the Samurai. Rutland: Tuttle Publishing, 1999.
Turner, Frederick Jackson. The Frontier in American History. Charleston: Bibliobazaar, 2008.