The Idiot

The Idiot

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2011

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After finishing what would become his international phenomenon Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa immediately turned to one of the most daring, and problem-plagued, productions of his career. The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nineteenth-century masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul’s reintegration into society—updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan’s postwar aimlessness—was a victim of studio interference and, finally, public indifference. Today, this “folly” looks ever more fascinating, a stylish, otherworldly evocation of one man’s wintry mindscape. – Janus Films

Please note: the 35mm print of this film we received from the studio is heavily damaged, so we will be screening the film digitally.

NR, 166 Minutes, Japanese
Janus, Japan, 1951


"The film shows an artist at the peak of his powers. Kurosawa"
- Michael Koresky, Current


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