The Quiet Duel

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

1949

The Quiet Duel follows a doctor who contracts syphilis while performing surgery during the Second World War and tries to keep his condition secret. Well paced and well shot, the film is austere and affecting, but a contrived setup, dated morals, and scenes that sometimes veer into melodrama prevent The Quiet Duel from reaching the heights of Kurosawa’s best films.

Would see.

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3 thoughts on “The Quiet Duel

    1. Kurosawa’s best films are well paced and tightly constructed. Some of his films, especially toward the end of his career, lack focus and tend to drag. Among his early films, there is a consistent skill in execution, but a large range in ambition. Some of his early films are entertaining, but inessential.

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