Talking about Drunken Angel with Stuart Galbraith IV!
On this angelic episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Stuart Galbraith IV, the man who literally wrote the book on the Kurosawa/Mifune relationship, The Emperor and the Wolf. Topics discussed: cynicism and hopefulness; curmudgeonly doctors; Yakuza feudalism; spiritual sickness. Also, Clint Eastwood is just a watered down version of Mifune, really.
Topics not discussed: How Vladimir Nabokov’s translation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin lead to the ending of his friendship with Edmund Wilson.
Stuart Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian, writer, and publisher-editor of World Cinema Paradise. He is the author of seven books, including The Emperor and the Wolf (Faber & Faber, 2002), the joint-biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune hailed by Martin Scorsese as "a must read." Within the home video field, Galbraith has written essays for Criterion's three-disc Seven Samurai DVD and Blu-ray, Optimum's Rashomon, BCI Eclipse's The Quiet Duel and Subkultur's The Long Good Friday. In 2015, Galbraith recorded an audio commentary and wrote and produced a new short documentary, Rashomon at 65, for the British Film Institute's Blu-ray of Kurosawa's 1950 classic. Concurrently, he served as an consultant on Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki's documentary feature, Mifune - Last Samurai (2015). Holding a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinema-Television, Galbraith worked as an archivist and researcher at both Warner Bros. and M-G-M. At Warner Bros., Galbraith implemented preservation projects and procedures at both its USC-Warner Bros. Archives and the Warner Bros. Corporate Image Archives. At M-G-M, Galbraith worked as a "film detective," tracking down the original camera negatives to more than three dozen "lost" films. Since 2003 he has lived in Kyoto, Japan with his wife, Yukiyo, and their daughter, Sadie. He is currently at work on a new act of preservation, which he’ll tell us all about.
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