Screenwriter Peter Morgan receives BFI Fellowship

Peter Morgan CBE, screenwriter of such films as The Queen and Frost/Nixon, was awarded the BFI Fellowship at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner on February 21. The award was presented to Morgan by Dame Helen Mirren, who famously played Queen Elisabeth in Morgan’s 2006 film The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears. On presenting Morgan with…

Kurosawa marathon journal – #8 – THE QUIET DUEL (1949)

The story: A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor’s life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn’t destroy others along with him. Along with Sanshiro Sugata Part II, The Quiet Duel has been my least favourite Kurosawa film. Having watched so many of his films back…

Kurosawa marathon journal – #7 – DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948)

The story: A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. I am fascinated by the fact that Drunken Angel, in its title, refers to one of the two leading character directly, although it is not seen through said character’s perspective. Indeed, the ending reveals that he has…

Kurosawa marathon journal – #6 – ONE WONDERFUL SUNDAY (1947)

The story: Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako’s optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair. Kurosawa often quoted William Wyler, Frank Capra and John Ford…