Cinema: Night Tales, Magically Told

AKIRA KUROSAWA'S DREAMS Directed and Written by Akira Kurosawa

Death has always haunted Akira Kurosawa. How we face it and evade it, how we sometimes embrace it, and how we are sometimes granted temporary reprieves from it -- these are matters he has taken up in almost all his movies, no matter what their other preoccupations.

That death therefore haunts his Dreams, his 28th film, is not surprising. In the first of these eight short narratives -- all, according to the great director, drawn from incidents and images of his sleep -- a child, obviously the young Kurosawa, is introduced to...

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