Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1970). A flawed but fascinating work, this was the director's first color film, and its experimentally stylized and surreal design is quite striking. It's an ambitious social panorama set among the shanty dwellers of a Tokyo rubbish dump. The characters are a bit crudely drawn, but there are memorable moments of quiet poignancy. What is most striking in the film is Kurosawa's resolute humanity.
Mon., Feb. 1, 8:30 p.m., 2010

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