High and Low
(Akira Kurosawa, 1963). The masterpiece of Kurosawa's modern-day movies, this stunning thriller, a profound meditation of difference and identity, stars Toshiro Mifune, superb, as an industrialist who receives word that his son has been kidnapped. The director develops an extraordinary visual style within the widescreen format, contracting the claustrophobically suspenseful first half set in Mifune's hilltop mansion with the second section's frenetic and thrilling low-life manhunt scenes.
Sun., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., 2009
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