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

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SAT, JAN 26, 2019 11am: Rashomon (1950, Janus/Toho Studios, dir by Akira Kurosawa, 88mns, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles) VISTA

We begin our year long 12 Months of Kurosawa series in the middle with Rashomon the movie that would launch Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa from a wunderkind dynamo in the Japanese film industry to one of the brightest shining stars in the entire history of world cinema. He would maintain this position until the end of his life.

Rashomon, like Helen, is the movie that launched 1000 cinematic ships. It tells the story of an incident in a Japanese forest between a thief (played by Kurosawa’s greatest collaborator, Toshiro Mifune), a samurai, and his wife. Almost the entire movie occurs in flashback with each character relaying their version of what happened. Each version is so wildly different that it’s hard to know what the truth is. And this was Kurosawa’s point: everyone sees, shapes, remembers, and distorts reality to serve the purposes of their own ego, needs, etc.

The style and content of the movie were revolutionary. It might reasonably be argued that Kurosawa, without knowing it, was one of the fathers of the French New Wave when he took the mirror of linear filmmaking and shattered it on the ground in a fit of cinematic bravado.

But Kurosawa, unlike almost anyone else in cinema, NEVER EVER made a movie of style for style’s sake. Kurosawa’s style (which may be this programmer’s personal favorite style of any filmmaking voice) was always customized to the needs of the story. And the story always came first. Thus the Kurosawa style was endlessly re-inventing itself in new and more mind blowing ways.

Kurosawa would say much later in his autobiography (the “you must read this” Something Like An Autobiography) that while editing is possibly his favorite part of moviemaking, it is really the screenwriting that it is the most important. The script/the story is the battle flag into the war of production that must inspire the entire cast & crew. What a script Rashomon must have been to read.

As we take this journey with Kurosawa as our captain, sensei, and master, we will mostly move in a linear direction forward chronologically. But we will return mid-way to two of Kurosawa’s earliest great films (with a renewed appreciation having seen all his 1950’s movies made for Toho) and we will return at the very end of the year to one of Kurosawa’s crowning achievements made in the 1960’s after we first go all the way to his last out and out masterpiece, made in the 1980’s.

Like Rashomon itself, our journey will be non-linear. But it will, hopefully like Rashomon, in the end be all the richer, better, entertaining, fascinating for it.

If you are a moviemaker or just love movies, we hope with all our hearts you’ll join us on this year of Kurosawa. All movies on 35mm film prints. On the big screen. In a great theater.

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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