Friday, May 14, 2010

Do It. Akira Kurosawa at the Egyptian.

There's quite possibly no other Japanese auteur who can top Akira Kurosawa. The legendary filmmaker created some of cinema's most beautiful and inventive stories, from the unforgettable Stray Dog to the phenomenal The Seven Samurai. Kurosawa's films are a stable of the Criterion Collection, but now you can finally see his films on the big screen.

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre is presenting a two-part retrospective on Kurosawa and his films, the first part of which begins tonight with a screening of Run. Screenings of the aforementioned Stray Dog and The Seven Samurai follow, as well as High and Low, Rashomon and others. Get the full schedule here, and don't miss out.

For those who won't be able to make it out to the screenings, you can now buy the Criterion Collection's massive offering of AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa for 25% off the $400 price tag, with $25 of that going to the American Cinematheque as a charitable donation. Helping out and indulging in cinema at the same time? Totally worth it.

-- Chau Tu

Photo credit: Criterion Collection

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