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Ikiru (1952)

Sun Apr 30 @ 7:00

Runtime: 134 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
Rated PG
Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Cinematica’s Movie of the Month for April 2017. Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

Synopsis: One of the greatest achievements by Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru shows the director at his most compassionate—affirming life through an explora­tion of death. Takashi Shimura beautifully portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer who is impelled to find meaning in his final days. Presented in a radically conceived two-­part structure and shot with a perceptive, humanistic clarity of vision, Ikiru is a multifaceted look at what it means to be alive.

Post-Screening Discussion: following the film, Elliot Maxwell (a former Screening Room volunteer) will facilitate a discussion about Film Therapy—intentionally using films for healing and self-exploration.

Elliot Maxwell is currently studying to be a Drama Therapist, but hopes to also use Film Therapy with future clients. He has found film incredibly therapeutic and healing ever since he was a child. Last year, he created a short film that was a therapeutic journey for him. He hopes to create this film into a feature, and help guide others to create therapeutic films.

“If you have never seen it, you should. If you have seen it before, your admiration will only increase.” -Chicago Tribute

“Kurosawa achieves the piercing emotion and poetry of the Italian neorealists, but by opposite means: he doesn’t make the camera disappear; instead… he deploys his camera so sharply and unerringly that it seems to take X-rays of the spirit.” -New Yorker