Dersu Uzala

Akira Kurosawa

Atelier 41 / New World Pictures, 1975. Original Polish poster for the 1975 Japanese film, designed by B. Tankowska.

Director Akira Kurosawa had long been a fan of V.K. Arsenyev's nonfiction account of his travels in the Ussuri basin in the Russian Far East, during which Arsenyev encountered and befriended a canny Nanai trapper, who subsequently became the guide for his surveying crew.

After surviving a suicide attempt and with no prospects for film funding in Japan, Kurosawa approached the Soviet Union about backing the production of a film. To his surprise, the Soviets agreed, and the director spent nearly two years in the Siberian wilderness completing the shoot. The resulting film was a success, and launched Kurosawa into the prolific third phase of his career, during which he made his epic film Ran, among many others. One of Kurosawa's most important and distinctive works, this being a typically evocative and interpretative Polish one-sheet.

22.5 x 33 inches. Near Fine condition, on archival linen, rolled.

[Book #127396]