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Kurosawa and Shakespeare Are they One Taking a deceptively deep look into the minds of the sole creators who have the supreme reign over the worlds of foreign film and drama do we begin to scratch the surface with some of the most compelling and intricate arguments surrounding Throne of Blood and Macbeth Are Throne of Blood and Macbeth rather mere equals of one another Why does Kurosawa receive so much recognition when all he has done is piggy-back the most famous drama writer of all time These are questions raised repeatedly and are at the fore front of some of the best debates of all time According to Andrew McLean Peter Brook observed that the Throne of Blood is perhaps the only true masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare but it cannot properly be considered Shakespeare because it doesnt use the text McLean p71 Michael Mullin has suggested that Kurosawas film is a thing in itself McLean p71 In looking within Kurosawas Throne of blood and Shakespeares Macbeth Macduff is portrayed to that of a peasant really having no true bearing within the realm of the story along with the murder of his followers Cathy Cupitt goes on to say that with Macduff portrayed as a peasant it destroys the heroic and righteous moral ending of Macbeth Instead we have the much more ambiguous mass assassination This can be read as the ultimate betrayal in a fundamentally corrupt society or it can be read as a hopeful assertion of the power of the working class against the corruption of their leaders Cupitt p1 According to Andrew McLean Kurosawa has left both the intent and effect of Shakespeares Macbeth behind McLean p71 Kurosawas Throne of Blood can be seen as moral depiction of man and the decisions he encounters in building the character of himself Washizu and Macbeth are the men caught in the moral dilemma and a struggle to grasp their own values Washizu is seen
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