Stanford Theatre hosting Kurosawa Film Festival

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The career of the legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa spanned nearly six decades. So it’s only natural that a film festival showcasing his greatest works would take up a full six weekends.

From tonight through March 15, the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto will present 11 of his films on the big screen.

“The Seven Samurai,” his epic from 1954, launches the series. The movie will run tonight, Saturday and Sunday. That will be followed by:

Feb. 14-15-16: “Ikiru,” from 1952, his deeply felt work on what it means to live; plus “Drunken Angel”

Feb. 21-22-23: “Rashoman,” a 1950 masterpiece on murder and justice; plus “Stray Dogs”

Feb. 28-29 and March 1: “The Bad Sleep Well,” his 1960 thriller about corruption; plus “High and Low”

March 6-7-8: “The Hidden Fortress,” from 1958, the adventure believed to have inspired George Lucas’ “Star Wars” movies; plus “Yojimbo”

March 13-14-15: “Ran,” from 1985, an exploration of “King Lear” that was Kurosawa’s final epic; plus “Throne of Blood”

Details: Tickets, $7 general admission, $5 for seniors/youths. Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto; www.stanfordtheatre.org

 

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