Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

Just waiting for the next one to come in...

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams-1990, a bunch of Japanese actors and a little bit of Martin Scorsese.

He says- Eight vignettes- increasingly apocalyptic--as "dreamt" by an 80-year-old widely regarded as the greatest living filmmaker of the era.  Results vary in quality, though any three viewers are likely to rate the episodes in a widely shuffled order.  At least one-mountain climbers caught in an all-consuming blizzard- is vintage "K."  Scorsese portrays Van Gogh in one segment.  (Do you detect any Burt Lancaster in his speech patterns?)  3 stars.

I say- Stunningly visual film to look at, extremely boring plot.  Not really so much of a plot, but more of a collection of short stories talking about humanity's relationship with the environment.  If you're in the mood to look at a living painting, watch this one, however, if you want a movie, look elsewhere.  2 stars.

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