Tuesday, November 17

Dreams on Film

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Akira Kurosawa was a legendary film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor whose career spanned 50 years and influenced the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and countless other filmmakers. Of the small portion of films I have seen of his, one of my favorites is "Kurosawa's Dreams".

Released in 1990 Dreams is a collection surreal vignettes based on actual dreams the filmmaker experienced throughout his life. They range from the beautiful, such as a boys adventure in magically blooming fields and vistas, living dolls dancing, and a journey through Van Gogh's landscapes, to the nightmarish; a Japanese officer confronted by the ghosts of his fallen platoon, and nuclear apocalypse among Mount Fuji. Dreams is a visually lush and extraordinary experience by one of cinema's greatest visionaries.

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