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

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SAT, FEB 16, 2019 10a: Ikiru (1952, Janus/Toho Studios, dir by Akira Kurosawa, 143mns, 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles) VISTA [12 Months of Kurosawa]

There are a few moviemakers who arguably make their best movies back to back. And occasionally, with the very best of the best, they do this two or three times in their career. Coppola made Godfather I, The Conversation, Godfather II, and Apocalypse Now in an uninterrupted 8 year period. Spielberg made Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. (and then Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List) back to back. The Coen Brothers made Fargo and The Big Lebowski back to back. Hitchcock made North by Northwest and Psycho back to back. Kubrick made Dr. Strangelove and 2001 back to back.

And Akira Kurosawa made Ikiru and next month’s Seven Samurai back to back. While Ikiru might be the slightly lesser known of the two movies, it is, without a doubt, one of the greatest works in all of world cinema.

Ikiru tells the story of Tokyo bureaucrat, Mr. Watanabe (played in the performance of his life by Kurosawa troupe actor Takashi Shimura) who after a quiet life of never taking chances finds that he has six months to live before he dies of stomach cancer.

In the hands of anyone but Akira Kurosawa, this would be the stuff the corny Kleenex fest are made of. But in the hands of Akira Kurosawa, it becomes one of the most profound statements on the meaning and worth of existence and life that this programmer has ever seen.

Watanabe goes through something like the stages of grief first deciding to give himself over to the pleasure seeking/boozing/women chasing he’s always denied himself before realizing fairly quickly it doesn’t get rid of the pain.

Watanabe then makes the simple decision to spend what time he has remaining pushing a playground through the nightmarish permit process of City Hall and to transform one local sewage pool into a playground for local neighborhood kids.

The style, like Rashomon, is shocking. Something happens in the middle of the movie that is too startling to state here. It is the kind of cinematic risk that only someone as brilliantly talented as Kurosawa could pull off. And again, it is EXACTLY the right decision for the story itself.

This really is one of those movies that will change your life. Come see it with us on the big screen on 35mm!

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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