I’ve been sick the last two days. Because I write some stuff ahead of time, I can fake it to some extent. But it is only now that I’m getting back to work. Interestingly, I find the process of writing itself has made me feel better. It helps to have a purpose, even if that purpose is a little blog and a small following. Well, here goes nothing: another birthday post!
This is not a terribly impressive day for birthdays. I checked the birthday frequency chart and it isn’t an especially low birth day. Then again, it is low even by March standards, and March is a low birth month. And it isn’t devoid of some interesting people.
The great Spanish cubist Juan Gris was born on this day back in 1887. Not one of my favorite actresses Joan Crawford was born in 1904. And the fine magic writer Milbourne Christopher was born in 1914. (He was also supposedly a great performer, but I don’t know anything about that.)
Some days, I really have to think about who to name the winner in this little birthday contest. Today, there was no contest, because back in 1910 Akira Kurosawa was born. I am very fond of him. I think I own more movies by him than any other director except for Orson Welles. I don’t write much about him, because I’m not sure I have much to add. But Rushomon, RAN, Sanjuro, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo are all on my list of very favorite movies. And this is in addition to a list at least twice as long of his film that I think are at least excellent.
I wish I knew how to say “Happy Birthday!” in Japanese, but I know that Kurosawa spoke English, so this will have to do: Happy birthday!
Google Translate give the following for “Happy Birthday.”
But I get this if I translate “Happy Birthday!”
Here’s a little The Cars: