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35mm Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI at the Vista, Los Feliz

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SAT, MAR 16, 2019 11:59p: Seven Samurai (1954, Janus/Toho Studios, dir by Akira Kurosawa, 207mns, 35mm) VISTA [12 Months of Kurosawa]

It has all lead to this. Tonight we show this programmer’s desert island movie. Movies can do so many things. It’s an absurdity to even think in terms of “if I could only take one movie. . .”. Yet it must be said. If this programmer could only take one movie into space or onto the deserted island or into the undiscovered country from which no traveler returns it almost certainly would be Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (and Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion if I could sneak in a second).

Simply put, there would be NO Lord of the Rings trilogy, no Star Wars trilogy, without this movie. But even more importantly put, no movie before or since has quite pulled off the feat pulled off here. Seven Samurai somehow manages to be both a supremely entertaining crowd pleasing action-adventure epic AND one of the deepest, most profound statements on humanity ever put to film.

Folks sometimes say cinema can’t do philosophy. Seven Samurai proves them wrong. Folks sometimes say you can’t make both a popcorn crowd-pleaser and a challenging movie of supreme artistic merit. Seven Samurai proves them wrong.

The plot is the essence of great storytelling. Upon overhearing a roving gang of 40 bandits make plans to attack their village in six weeks when the crops are ripe, a town of farmers reluctantly decides to hire Samurai to protect them.

The only catch is the farmers have nothing to pay the Samurai with. The Samurai will have to risk their lives simply for the goodness of the act itself.

Do such people exist? The movie answers this question in the most profoundly perceptive and human of ways.

Also let’s take a moment here to acknowledge that Seven Samurai wouldn’t have 80% its power if not for the lead performance of Toshiro Mifune who here plays an orphaned hooligan wannabe pretending to be a samurai. He finally gets accepted into the band of six real samurai because he simply refuses to be chased away.

Filled with some of the best filmmaking ever put to celluloid and a final battle sequence so complex Kurosawa had to invent an entirely new way to film it (which would then be copied by filmmakers from that point forward), Seven Samurai is one of the crowning achievements of international cinema.

Come celebrate it with us. 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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