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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film but not Without Flaws
This is a very different film from most of Kurosawa's work. The thing I noticed first was how long each of the scenes were, sometimes more than ten minutes can pass in a single conversation between two people. I liked this because it let me get to know the characters better and gave the actor's a chance to shine. Toshiro Mifune once again is brilliant but his role is more...
Published on 4 May 2012 by MLindsay89

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Idiot, an unfinished adaption.
After reading 'The Idiot' by Dostoyevsky, which is a fantastic book by the way, I wouldn't say his best but extremely thought provoking, I realised that Kurosawa filmed an adaptation to the novel.
Being a great fan of Dostoyevsky and Kurosawa, I knew I had to watch it after reading the book.

The movie had to be cut by 120 minutes or so (don't know exact...
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by A. Nim


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film but not Without Flaws, 4 May 2012
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This review is from: The Idiot - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
This is a very different film from most of Kurosawa's work. The thing I noticed first was how long each of the scenes were, sometimes more than ten minutes can pass in a single conversation between two people. I liked this because it let me get to know the characters better and gave the actor's a chance to shine. Toshiro Mifune once again is brilliant but his role is more secondary although he is given some excellent scenes. The best part of the film is the performance of Masayuki Mori who plays the main character - The Idiot - his performance is extraordinary. His character is a total contrast to nearly everyone else who at different times display selfishness and a meanness that he simply doesn't posses.

Of those long scenes there are some which are just fantastic to watch, especially when the normally quiet title character opens up to let someone or some people know what and how he feels. You cant help but feel for him and it's these moment's that make the film so good.

In films such as "I live In Fear" and "Stray Dog" Kurosawa creates a fantastic atmosphere of heat, through the characters you can feel how hot it is and that feeling sticks with you throughout the movie. With The Idiot it is a little different, the whole movie has a feeling of cold, freezing even. In that way it stand's out from many of his other film's. This was filmed in the very North of Japan with the closest climate to that of Russia where the novel the film is adapted from was based.

The film has been dramatically cut from 266 minutes down to 166 minutes, unfortunately this was done before the film was released by the studio and it is really evident in some scenes. References made to events that we do not see somewhat take you out of the picture and it's a shame that Kurosawa was never able to find the missing segments. What the Master's of Cinema release provides is the longest existing version of the film in very good quality. The audio as with many of the earlier Kurosawa films isn't the best but the film is never unwatchable it's just noticeable that there is often background noise that you would rather not be there.

Perhaps a slightly under appreciated film but very much recommended and a must for anyone who has a Kurosawa collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Idiot, an unfinished adaption., 7 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Idiot - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
After reading 'The Idiot' by Dostoyevsky, which is a fantastic book by the way, I wouldn't say his best but extremely thought provoking, I realised that Kurosawa filmed an adaptation to the novel.
Being a great fan of Dostoyevsky and Kurosawa, I knew I had to watch it after reading the book.

The movie had to be cut by 120 minutes or so (don't know exact time cut) and is apparently lost forever which is unfortunate.
After watching the movie, I certainly felt that Kurosawa did do a fantastic job in portraying the emotions and mental states of the characters.
But after reading the book, you'll realise that there is a lot that is missing in the story.

Its sad that the missing scenes are lost, and I have no doubt the movie would of been a lot better given that they were available to the audiences today.

Kurosawa has done a good job with the film. I can say that Kurosawa has been faithful to Dostoyevsky and depicts the novel extremely well.
I'm just annoyed that there are parts missing in the film.
I would recommend this movie only for Kurosawa fans and also Dostoyevsky fans too.

If you are a regular person interested in Kurosawa's works, don't start off with this one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good representation of the book, 11 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Idiot - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
This is quite good, faithful to the original story (although the setting is moved from Russia to Japan).
Unfortunately 1 hour of footage is considered lost, so I wonder what the director's cut would have been like? At well over two hours I guess its long enough anyway for most people's attention spans...
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sound skewed, 13 Dec 2008
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Although I agree with other reviewer that this is faithful adaptation the sound quality is pretty appalling. There is a delay in the actors mouths moving to the sound! I may have had a bad copy/
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