Idiot Producer

"Akira Kurosawa was no stick-in-the-mud. When a production company proposed to slash his adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Idiot (1951) from 265 to 166 minutes, he asked for it to be cut lengthwise, so that it would then truly reflect its title."

[Famed for his obsessive production methods, Kurosawa often closeted himself and fellow scribes in a Japanese inn at the writing stage, billeted his cast together during the shoot and made them address each other by their characters' names.]

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