Film: artist’s dreams ... on Akira Kurosawa's ‘Dreams’ Cover Image

Filmowe sny artysty… Kilka uwag o Snach Akiry Kurosawy
Film: artist’s dreams ... on Akira Kurosawa's ‘Dreams’

Author(s): Iwona Grodź
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu

Summary/Abstract: In his film, Akira Kurosaw included uutobiographical and self-reflexive motifs which are connected with his search for identity and his ideas about art. In order to consider "cultural text" (in this case - film) as autobiographical and / or auto-thematic text, one needs to take a look at the following elements: themes and ways of their implementation, the situation of the artist, the narrator's position, the construction of narratives, the status of characters. Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Dreams’ Fri Dreams (1990) are the subject of analytical analysis. The director assumes different roles. He might be invisible and impersonal thus playing the role of writer whose name appears in the lead (the English version of ‘Dreams’ shows Kurosawa as the writer). Also, the director can be a narrator (he is invisible on-screen, but often identified as the "eye" of the camera (in fact, Takao Saito and Masaharu Ueda were the camera operators). A narrator shows himself as a person who does not belong to the reality presented in the film. The narrator-protagonist and narrator-observer’s voices are added as the voices off-screen. The process of dreaming, as shown in the film, does not prepare anybody for death. While dreaming, people are primarily trying to deal with their own traumatic experiences and phobias.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2 (16)
  • Page Range: 112-128
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish