35mm Akira Kurosawa's RAN at the Vista, Los Feliz

CitySan Fernando
CountyLos Angeles (CA1175)
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San Fernando
Los Angeles (CA1175)
Tel 2019-11-30
Categoria Events
35mm Akira Kurosawa

SAT, NOV 30, 2019 10a: Ran (1985, Rialto, dir by Akira Kurosawa, 162mns, 35mm) VISTA  [12 Months of Kurosawa] We jump ahead twenty two years from High and Low to Kurosawa’s great late period masterpiece, Ran, his final adaptation of Shakespeare, this time King Lear.  Kurosawa was 75 when he made this movie, the same age as Martin Scorsese as he makes/edits his most recent movie, The Irishman.  What is fascinating is that after a period of roughly fifteen years where Kurosawa would have to struggle for five years to find financing for his grand visions (whereas in the 1950’s he made 1-2 movies a year) before he could make a movie, he still had the stamina, determination, and vision to make such a vital, stunning, unsettling, vibrant work. Ran is one of Kurosawa’s most despairing movies as King Lear was one of Shakespeare’s most despairing plays.

It tells the story of cocky, vain, egotistical Lord Hideotra, who divides his kingdom among his three sons, only to watch them descend into a bloodlust war with themselves for ultimate power. Lord Hidetora watches all of his best laid plans go up in smoke, fire, and sprays of blood as the baser (and more powerful?) instincts of greed and power and mistrust overwhelm the more honorable traits of love, loyalty, and restraint. RAN is one of Kurosawa’s most epic visions. Filled with bold colors, epic battle scenes, geysers of blood and revenge.  It is the harrowing bold visionary work of a master filmmaker, filled with a kind of energy and rigor unseen in the work of filmmakers half Kurosawa’s age. While Kurosawa would go on to make three more movies, including the fascinating and more hopeful Dreams, RAN would be his last out and out masterpiece.
Yet that means that Kurosawa’s run lasted roughly from 1948 through 1985, a 37 year run, only approached by his fellow internationally famous filmmaker, Ingmar Bergman.  And it was Bergman who said “A French critic cleverly wrote that ‘with Autumn Sonata Bergman does Bergman.’ It is witty but unfortunate. For me, that is. I think it is only too true that Bergman (Ingmar, that is) did a Bergman… I love and admire the filmmaker Tarkovsky and believe him to be one of the greatest of all time. My admiration for Fellini is limitless. But I also feel that Tarkovsky began to make Tarkovsky films and that Fellini began to make Fellini films. Yet Kurosawa has never made a Kurosawa film.”   This programmer actually finds that quote quite profound in its perceptiveness.
And will leave it there.    Best always, Craig Hammill 35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/.  Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.   We currently are showing 1-2 movies a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.   We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office. REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening.
After that, no refunds. Sorry. HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase. ).  This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie).  This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:  If you decide to buy the ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought before the all-access pass. The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season.
After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.  With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series.  This is our next best deal after the Season All-Access pass.  If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, this is the way to go.   The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie).  If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.  You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. MOVIEPASS (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass for our events.  Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of MoviePass or any similar service. CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works. PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs.   Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking.  Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules.  We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.  SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning.  Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.  MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com. OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.  .

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