Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dersu and the Captain

As the temperature plunges down into the red, I find myself thinking about movies like Dersu Uzala, which Akira Kurosawa adapted from Vladimir Arseniev’s account of charting the Russian-Manchurian border in the earlier part of this century.  Dersu is one of those rare movies that transcends time and place with its universal theme of humanity.  Filmed at the height of the Cold War, it reached far beyond the movies of that time that tended to play up the East-West tensions and looked for common bonds. 

Here's the scene with them staring into the face of winter.

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