Friday, May 14, 2010

Cinematheque Ontario celebrates the Akira Kurosawa centennial this summer

by Chris MaGee

I don't have to remind all of you that 2010 marks the centennial of the birth of Akira Kurosawa. There has been a flurry of releases to honour the man that many believe to be the greatest Japanese filmmaker ever and one of the greatest filmmaker in motion picture history. We've had the folks at the Criterion Collection releasing the 25-film "AK100" box set and Rizzoli recently published Peter Cowie's gorgeous coffee table book "Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema". Now all of us in Toronto will be treated to a retrospective of Kurosawa's films by Cinematheque Ontario.

"Akira Kurosawa: Centenary of a Sensei" will bring 29 of Kurosawa's films to the big screen, many of them in newly-minted 35mm prints. So here's the perfect opportunity to say to your friends, "Have you ever seen 'Ikiru'? 'Red Beard'? 'High and Low'?... No??? well, we have to change that!" You can see the full listing of what us Torontonians will be enjoying between Jun 11th and August 2nd by clicking here.

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