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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

March 8, 2013 on 9:33 pm | In Dream Types | 2 Comments

Academy Award-winning director Akira Kurosawa (“The Seven Samurai,” “Ran”), whose cinematic genius has inspired such classic films as “Star Wars” and “The Magnificent Seven,” presents his 28th, and most personal, film. Visually splendid, Kurosawa’s film consists of eight powerful vignettes, one of which features acclaimed director Martin Scorsese as painter Vincent Van Gogh. “Breathtaking… dazzling,” says The New York Times.

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Produced with assistance from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Dreams is an omnibus of eight short stories and parables that spell enchantment at every turn. The opening story, “Sun Under the Rain,” emerges from director Akira Kurosawa’s personal memories, as a child (whose house is modeled after Kurosawa’s childhood home in Koishikawa) witnesses a fox’s wedding ceremony in a magical forest. The Garden of Eden motif continues in “The Peach Orchard,” while Lucas’s ILM special effects group shines in the glorious “Crows” segment, in which an art admirer finds himself living within the paintings of Van Gogh (played with concentrated energy by Kurosawa enthusiast Martin Scorsese). In the idyllic closing fable, “The Village of the Watermills,” a centenarian claims that “people nowadays have forgotten that they are also part of nature.” The equally wise Kurosawa reinforces the old man’s claim through these vivid but ultimately life-affirming tableaux. –Kevin Mulhall

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2 comments on “Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

  1. Zack Davisson on said:

    In Dreams I walk with you Akira Kurosawa’s dreams are better than mine. If this is what he saw when he closed his eyes, then I can understand how from that mind sprang the Seven Samurai and the rest.

  2. Brescian Lander on said:

    A great film more people should watch This film has in it some of the most beautiful cinematagrophy I have ever seen. If reviews where it is criticised as being slow or arrested worry you as to whether you should rent or buy it I would judge it like this: if the thought of walking through an art gallery and taking several minutes to sit or stand in front of some pictures to fully study and appreciate their beauty seems “slow” or “arrested” to you then you might not like it, if you can imagine yourself enjoying watching an expresionist/art noveau/surrealist set of pictures come to life on your tv screen then you might like it. I am dissapointed in those critics who can’t imagine the medium of movies having value unless they are built around a fast paced linear plot line. These are the same people who probably think poetry is a bunch of rubbish and “Finnegan’s Wake” is an unreadable waste of time. I hope and pray and fantasize that the studio that owns the rights to this movie will release it in greater numbers, drop the price, and (glory of all glorys) release it on dvd. It is one of the greatest movies of one of the greatest directors of all time and should be more accesible.

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