Donald Richie: In Memoriam, 1924 - 2013

Donald Richie, prominent American critic and writer on Japan who helped introduce much of the English-speaking world to the golden age of Japanese film and recounted his expatriate life there spanning seven decades, passed away in Tokyo on February 19th. He was 88 years old."

A small "In Memoriam" exhibition, located on the first floor of Mugar Library includes a leather-bound "Page A Day" diary from 1945, shown is an entry from June with Richie expressing "an overwhelming desire to write." And write he did. Richie authored over 40 books and about 30 experimental films. Also on exhibition is a page from an undated piece entitled, "Memories of Kurosawa," which opens with Richie's introduction to the famous film director, Akira Kurosawa, and his equally famous lead actor, Toshiro Mifune. There is also a page from a travel journal describing a trip to the Japanese island of Sado in 1955, an updated edition (2005) of Richie's "One Hundred Years of Japanese Film" and a photograph of the author from 2009.

This exhibition is no longer on view.

Alan Cumming
Donald Richie