Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Seven Samurai at the Strand

Yes, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai 
will be onscreen at the Strand.
Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 3 PM
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This 1954 thrill ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.
Kurosawa was surely inspired by American Westerns, but his film inspired a whole generation of Directors in the U.S., including Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas, and more. When it was released in America, it was called The Magnificent Seven which was remade by John Sturges in 1960, followed by several sequels, and then remade again by Antoine Fuqua in 2016.
The 2022 Sight and Sound poll calls Seven Samurai the 20th best film ever made, and a recent book about the film sums up its influence: Everything I Know about Filmmaking I Learned Watching Seven Samurai. This is a rare opportunity to see this film on a big screen, and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. But be warned: if it's cold out, it will be cold in the Strand: dress appropriately.
And there's an intermission!!!
Tickets $10 ($9 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse)
Happy New Year!
Free Popcorn!

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