Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1985). Akira Kurosawas samurai King Lear sets the standard for Shakespeare spectaculars. The title means chaos, although the epic compositions, mist-shrouded, color-coded armies, flaming fratricidal carnage, and juicy court intrigues of this 160-minute pageant are more suggestive of the filmmakers Olympic perspective. Grimly existential and characterized by a voluptuous sense of doom, the movie is filled with references to this degraded age, not all of them alluding to the 16th century.
Sun., Nov. 21, 3 & 7 p.m., 2010