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Dune influenced by Kurosawa

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    In an interview with Slashfilm, the costumer designer Bob Morgan mentions that Kurosawa’s films influenced the new Dune adaptation:

    Watching Akira Kurosawa’s films, too, was a pivotal experience for you and influenced “Dune,” right?

    Kurosawa was so inspirational to me as a young man. I think I was probably 18 or 19, I was so caught up in the story and then I also thought, they dressed all these people. They designed all of this, and looking at the masses and thinking, it’s just so vivid, so beautiful and so powerful. Then when I had an opportunity to do this, I did think about Kurosawa.

    It’s one thing to have one person standing there, it’s another thing to have 200 people standing there. I remember the day we lined up the Harkonnen soldiers, for the first time in the uniform in the dark, wow. Now that’s a wall or something. We had replicated 200 of them by standing in line or marching through the set in formation.



    Does he mention any specific Kurosawa films? I assume he is especially referring to Emi Wada’s work on Ran and Dreams.



    No specific Kurosawa film is mentioned. He speaks about Apocalypse Now a little earlier on though.

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