Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Kurosawa's "Red Beard" Nov. 19th

In partnership with the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, we will be showing Akira Kurosawa's film Red Beard in the Lane Room on Saturday, November 19th at 1:00 PM. Released in 1965 to wide critical and popular acclaim, Kurosawa's film is a testament to the goodness of humankind. Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified director who teaches his embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients.

Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place and emotion. Unrated, in black and white, with subtitles and the original Japanese dialog. Note that some scenes may be too intense for younger viewers.

For those who wish to stay after the film, there will be a time for group discussion and critical reflection.


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