Epic. Inspirational. Majestic. Emotional. Sensuous. Force of nature. This five-week course explores the seasons of Akira Kurosawa's filmography.

September 12 - October 10, 2019


Epic. Inspirational. Majestic. Emotional. Sensuous. Force of nature. These are words used to describe the work of legendary director Akira Kurosawa. For decades, Kurosawa was an inspiration and a teacher to filmmakers all over the world. This five week class, taught by John Trafton, will explore Kurosawa's work from a variety of perspectives. 


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During this course we will look at the world from which he emerged and how he developed his craft. We will explore the inspirations that lead to his creations, and how his work shaped cinema as we know it today. Most of all, we will experience the qualities of his work that continue to draw filmmakers and cinephiles alike into his world. 

Certificated Educators: This specific course is available for 10 Clock Hours through PSESD. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Class Specifics:
Five Thursdays: September 12 - October 10, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
SIFF Film Center
$65 | $60 SIFF Members (price includes all five classes)
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.

Class Syllabus:
September 12 - Beginnings
Film: Rashomon (1950)  

September 19 - The Warriors
Film: Seven Samurai (1954)

September 26 - Inspirations
Films: Throne of Blood (1957) and The Hidden Fortress (1958)

October 3 - The Man with No Name
Films: Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962)

October 10 - The Master
Films: Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)

Class Workload:
A familiarity with these eight films will provide the best outcomes for students in this course, preferably a recent rewatching of them a few weeks in advance. There are no required readings but suggested readings may be emailed in advance of specific classes and a website will be created to help connect students to supporting materials.

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