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Seven Samurai

July 7 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) elevated the ronin — a nomadic, masterless warrior of feudal Japan — to a privileged  symbol in Japanese popular culture. Six roving ronin, trailed by an oddball rogue (Toshirō Mifune) who eventually proves his worth, agree to protect a poor country village from a gang of thieves. Filming of the final battle sequence was delayed more than once due to an inadequate number of available horses — and, when the shooting was finally scheduled, the battle was staged during one of the coldest months on record. (Akira Kurosawa, 1954, 35mm, subtitles, 207 minutes)

courtesy Toho Co., Ltd./Cowboy/Photofest

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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