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Sunday Oct 29 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. 1990. Japanese with English subtitles. 119 min.
Through a series of eight vignettes, each its own resplendent dream sequence, Kurosawa turns his gaze inwards on his own imaginative visions of the past, present, and future. In these dreamscapes, a wanderer appears, standing in for Kurosawa himself as he reflects on his childhood fears, wartime disillusionments, and nuclear anxieties. Though many critics of the day found themselves nonplussed by the film’s supposed insularity, what emerges from these musings is more than a fragmented autobiography or an exploration of the subconscious. Dreams is a startling prognosis for humanity amidst drastic technological accelerations, and also for cinema, by a man who considered himself incomplete without it.

In crafting the otherworldly beauty of Dreams, Kurosawa was assisted by those directors of the New Hollywood whom he influenced: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg. One of the film’s dreams even features Martin Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh. Their contributions stand as a fitting tribute to a director whose films shared the dream of cinema with audiences around the world.

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