Movie Diary 3/21/2018

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Hard to imagine the patience required to shoot a movie this elaborate, with so many small scenes and tiny moments that fit into the whole (to say nothing of the giant-scale action sequences). And yet every single scene bristles with invention and life.

Broken Journey (Ken Annakin, 1948). Plane crash in the Alps; tension on board; lots of frosty second-unit footage of mountains. I like this kind of movie, and the melodrama doesn’t disappoint. Unusual wrinkle: One of the passengers is in an iron lung. Pleasant cast, including James Donald, Phyllis Calvert, Guy Rolfe, and David Tomlinson and Raymond Huntley as ill-matched brothers.