The Hidden Fortress

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In Brief: The Hidden Fortress (1958) may not be Akira Kurosawa's best film, but that's a very high bar. It's easily one of his most accessible and entertaining works, and was good enough that George Lucas lifted from it heavily when he was writing Star Wars. The film was one of the most financially successful (and critically derided) films of Kurosawa's early career, with that derision stemming from its westernized style and humorous tone — qualities ill-befitting of a "serious" filmmaker such as Kurosawa, prompting New York Times critic Bosley Crowther to state "...Kurosawa, for all his talent, is as prone to pot-boiling as anyone else." I'm inclined to agree with old Bosley, but not in the perforative sense in which he's describing the film. It's a fun Samurai/Western that doesn't live up to Kurosawa's full potential, but far surpasses the best efforts that most other filmmakers could muster.
Genre: Action Adventure
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Misa Uehara, Susumu Fujita, Toshiko Higuchi
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Hidden Fortress on Friday, August 4, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.


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