Joan Mellen is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. Among her books are Marilyn Monroe (1973), Voices from the Japanese Cinema (1975), The Waves at Genji's Door: Japan Through Its Cinema (1976) and the dual biography Hellman and Hammett: The Legendary Passion of Lilian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett (1996).
In this book, Mellen contextualizes Seven Samurai, marking its place in Japanese cinema, and in director Akira Kurosawa's career. Mellen explores the film's roots in medieval history and the film's visual language.
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