Rosillo’s Analysis, Drawings and Diagrams features cinematographer Akira Kurosawa’s “The Bad Sleep Well.” The author provides a brief introduction on Kurosawa—a background of his life, those who influenced him, his artistry and interests, and his works and career. “The Bad Sleep Well” was the first film made by the Kurosawa production company. In it, Kurosawa wanted to make a film of social significance, since he does not believe in making films to make money only, or in films that take advantage of the audience. The film in study is about corruption, graft, bribery, and more, at the public level in high places, where people hide behind great facades in high buildings and sumptuous offices. Kurosawa’s concerns are total environments; within the segments or units of his films, one can find subdivisions that in themselves could be called segments or units. The movement of these sequences is around a central idea. Kurosawa’s style is compared to that of the movement of the planets around the sun. It illustrates the treatment that he gives to the segments or units, which then creates the film.
Author, Salvador Edmundo Rosillo, studied anthropology and film (cinema) in Columbia University. He had favorite film courses and one of these was “The Language of Cinema.” This taught him to analyze a movie’s language and structure, and see the results of such arrangements on the audiences’ enjoyment and fantasy participation with the light and shadows on the silver screen. In Analysis, Drawings and Diagrams, he presents one of his analyses, complete with drawings, charts, commentary, and transcribed dialogues.