The Idiot

Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2011

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.

  • Country Japan
  • Language Japanese
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1951
  • Running Time 166 minutes
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director Akira Kurosawa