Cinema DNA: In the Footsteps of Kurosawa

Spend the afternoon exploring the films, filmmakers, film narratives, and film movements that drew their inspiration from Kurosawa's extraordinary filmography.

February 8, 2020


The Jedi. The Man With No Name. The Magnificent Seven (and A Bug's Life). Scorsese. Kubrick. Coppola. Bergman. Spielberg. All of these things are linked to the legacy of Akira Kurosawa. This afternoon class will explore the films, filmmakers, film narratives, and film movements that drew their inspiration from Kurosawa, his craft, and his talented legion of performers and artisans at Toho Studios. We will look at how Westerns during the 1960s drew up his work in order to take the genre in bold new directions. We will look at how a generation of film nerds, from all over the world and from all walks of life, found inspiration in Kurosawa's storytelling techniques. And, of course, we will look at the ways that Kurosawa's samurai epics are echoed in a galaxy far far away...

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this event.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

SIFF Film Center

1:00 PM

Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SIFF Film Center
$20 | $15 SIFF Members

CERTIFICATED EDUCATORS: This class is available for 3 Continuing Education Clock Hours through the Puget Sound Educational Service District. There is additional administrative cost through the ESD to redeem the hours. See additional clock hour class offerings and email us if you have any questions.

John Trafton
is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University and the author of The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film.

The Cinema DNA class series focuses on the genealogical inspirations of great films. Through engaging with the films that influence great filmmakers, audiences may develop a deeper appreciation for the art, ideas, and social movements that shape the artistic stories we love.