Tuesday, September 27
The opening of the Dream Factory Film Festival presents Dreams, a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams that the film’s director, Akira Kurosawa, claimed to have had repeatedly. It was the first film of which he was the sole author of the script. It was made five years after Ran, with assistance from George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg, and funded by Warner Bros.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times said, ”One might have expected Dreams to be a summing up, a coda. It isn’t. It’s something altogether new for Kurosawa, a collection of short, sometimes fragmentary films that are less like dreams than fairy tales of past, present and future. The magical and mysterious are mixed with the practical, funny and polemical.
“The movie is about many things, including the terrors of childhood, parents who are as Olympian as gods, the seductive nature of death, nuclear annihilation, environmental pollution and, in a segment titled simply “Crows.” In this, the movie’s least characteristic segment, Martin Scorsese, sporting a red beard and an unmistakable New York accent, appears as Vincent van Gogh, beady-eyed and intense, his head newly bandaged.”
Members-Only: Prior to the screening, join us for a prix-fixe dinner at 6:00 PM at the “Film Table.”
Be sure to reserve with the dining room at (212) 477-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No RSVP required. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.