In Their Words — December 14, 2012

Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune

With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this.

—Akira Kurosawa