"People say [my eyes] are expressive but I’ve never tried to use them that way. They are just the gateway to my internal feelings. Kurosawa used to tell me, ‘Wherever you are, there is light coming from your eyes.’ And that’s a very good thing for an actor, I say."
Born December 13, 1932
Explore the life and works of Akira Kurosawa with the Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive:
The archive, put together by Kurosawa’s estate and Ryukoku University Digital Archives Research Center, is an amazing digital collection of over twenty thousand pages of Kurosawa’s screenplays, photos, storyboards, drawings, notes, newspaper clippings, personal scribblings and other materials. Among the high quality scans you can find unfilmed screenplays, screenplay drafts that were later revised, production memos and notes, continuity drawings, and much much more. While most of it is in Japanese, there are also some English documents, and of course plenty of pictures to check out.
Robert Gibbons: On This Day at This Age, March 13, 2014
On this day at this age
I want to turn
a bit more
toward the Eastern way.
What with snow on boughs of trees
out the window
a few Asian books & imagery
on the desk
like some sequestered monk I could reach
for brush & ink
calligraphic lettering accompany
But I can’t get out
of this Western skin.
Winter here simply
another brutal stretch of Time
to get through till Spring
exactly a week
Ill.: Jack Kerouac: Face of the Buddha, 1958
Most people don’t know what they want or feel. And for everyone, myself included, it’s very difficult to say what you mean when what you mean is painful. The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to… As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad - to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.