An artist is a man who digests his own subjective impressions and knows how to find a general objective meaning in them, and how to express them in a convincing form- Maxim Gorky
Is the form of your story true to your world view? A post about congruence between the writer’s perspective on life and the form she chooses for her story, as well as the economical pressures that might throw the two into conflict.
Jean Renoir and Akira Kurosawa, two of cinema’s greatest directors, transform Maxim Gorky’s classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own ways for their own times.
LES BAS-FONDS, 1936
Renoir, working amidst the rise of Hitler and the Popular Front in France, had need to take license with the dark nature of Gorky’s source material, softening its bleak outlook. Kurosawa, firmly situated in the postwar world, found little reason for hope. He remained faithful to the original with its focus on the conflict between illusion and reality—a theme he would return to over and over again.
THE LOWER DEPTHS, 1957
Working with their most celebrated actors (Gabin with Renoir; Mifune with Kurosawa), each film offers a unique look at cinematic adaptation—where social conditions and filmmaking styles converge to create unique masterpieces. —The Criterion Collection