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DOUBLE FEATURE: SEVEN SAMURAI (SHICHININ NO SAMURAI), 1954, & THE WILD BUNCH, 1969
|Film in Santa Monica|
Address: Aero Theater 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (323) 466-3456
Cost: $11 general admission, $9 Student/Senior, $7 for Cinematheque Members.
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Saturday, April 27 – 7:30 PM COWBOYS AND SAMURAI
Double Feature: SEVEN SAMURAI (SHICHININ NO SAMURAI), 1954, Janus Films, 207 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Director Akira Kurosawa’s first attempt at a samurai film yielded this character-driven masterpiece about an aging swordsman (Takashi Shimura) who enlists six other warriors-for-hire (among them Toshiro Mifune) to safeguard a remote village plagued by bandits. After viewing SEVEN SAMURAI, filmmaker Federico Fellini called Kurosawa “the greatest living example of all that an author of the cinema should be.” In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE WILD BUNCH, 1969, Warner Bros., 145 min. Dir. Sam Peckinpah. Saddle up for director Sam Peckinpah’s magnificent, ultra-violent Western, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and Jaime Sanchez as a band of doomed outlaws trying to outrun history. A film that forever changed the way violence was depicted and perceived in the movies. Co-starring Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Strother Martin. “The movie was photographed by Lucien Ballard, in dusty reds and golds and browns and shadows. The editing, by Lou Lombardo, uses slow motion to draw the violent scenes out into meditations on themselves. Every actor was perfectly cast to play exactly what he could play; even the small roles need no explanation. Peckinpah possibly identified with the wild bunch. Like them, he was an obsolete, violent, hard-drinking misfit with his own code, and did not fit easily into the new world of automobiles, and Hollywood studios.” - Roger Ebert
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