CIA Cinematheque Screens Uncut Version of Kurosawa Film That Inspired “Star Wars”

Sat 6/29 @ 6:50PM

It’s not unusual for big-budget popular films to recycle ideas from more obscure films. Case in point: The Hidden Fortress, a 1958 film by acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

The film centers around a 16th-century princess making her way through enemy territory with a trusty general, portrayed by legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, and two buffoonish peasants. This adventure comedy inspired a film most movie-lovers know well: Star Wars.

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will screen The Hidden Fortress in its original uncut version — 139 minutes of action and laughs.

Admission is $12, members and under 25 $9. No passes, twofers, or radio winners for this one.


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