The Idiot

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The Idiot


Saturday Oct 14 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of Akira Kurosawa Retrospective

Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1951. Japanese with English subtitles. 166 min.
After finishing Rashomon, which would become his international phenomenon, Akira Kurosawa immediately turned to one of the most daring, and problem-plagued, productions of his career. Kurosawa trades summery St. Petersburg for snowy Hokkaido in this adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 19th-century exploration of love, idealism, and redemption. Kurosawa updated the Russian novel about a pure soul's reintegration into society to capture Japan’s postwar aimlessness. The film was a victim of studio interference and, finally, public indifference. Today, this “folly” looks ever more fascinating, a stylish, otherworldly evocation of one man’s wintry mindscape. 

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