The Russian Kurosawa

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Sunday, May 12, 2013
Russian Kurosawa

Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Screening Room 201

 

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This event introduces Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic adaptations of Russian literature through a series of screenings  - "The Idiot" (1951), "Ikiru" (1952), "The Lower Depths" (1957), and "Dersu Uzala" (1975). These four cinematic masterpieces are based respectively on works by Dostoevsky, Tolstoi, Gorky, and Arseniev. Each screening will begin with a 10-minute introduction, followed by a 20-minute Q&A period. The speaker will be available also after the screening for an informal discussion of the film over coffee. The event will end with a one-hour roundtable discussion of topics emerging from the relation of Russian literary sources and their cinematic adaptations across cultural and media borders. The event should be of interest to faculty and students in Film Studies, Japanese and Russian Studies, Comparative Literature, as well as to the broader public.

 

Curated by Olga Solovieva (Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago)
solovieva@uchicago.edu

 

Sponsored by: The Franke Institute for the Humanities, Committee on Social Thought, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, CEERES, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Literature

 


“The Russian Kurosawa”
May 10-12, 2013
Logan Center for the Arts
Screening Room 201

 

 

Friday, May 10, 2013

 

4:00pm Coffee

 

4:30pm “The Russian Kurosawa,” Opening Remarks by Olga Solovieva (University of Chicago)

 

4:45pm “Kurosawa in the Global Networks,” Dolores Martinez (University of London)

 

5:00pm Hakuchi/The Idiot (Kurosawa, Akira, 1951, DVD, 166 min, in Japanese with English subtitles), adaptation of the novel by Dostoevsky

 

Introduction and Q&A period discussant: Dolores Martinez (University of London)

 


Saturday, May 11, 2013

 

9:30am Coffee

 

10am Ikiru/To Live (Kurosawa, Akira, 1952, 35 mm, 143 min, in Japanese with English subtitles), based on Lev Tolstoy’s short novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich

 

Introduction and Q&A period discussant: David Desser (University of Illinois)

 

1:00pm Catered lunch

 

4:30pm Donzoko/The Lower Depths (Kurosawa, Akira, 1957, 35mm, 125 min, in Japanese with English subtitles), adaptation of the play by Maxim Gorky

 

Introduction and Q&A period discussant: Olga Solovieva (University of Chicago)

 


Sunday, May 12, 2013

 

9:30am Coffee

 

10am Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa, Akira, 1975, 35 mm, 141 min, in Russian with English subtitles), adaptation of the memoir by the Russian explorer of Siberia, Vladimir Arseniev

 

Introduction and Q&A period discussant: Olga Solovieva (University of Chicago)

 

1:00pm Catered lunch

 

2:30 - 3:30pm “The Russian Kurosawa”: Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Olga Solovieva (Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago)

 

Participants:

Robert Bird (Slavic Languages and Literatures, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)

David Desser (Cinema Studies, University of Illinois)

Phil Kaffen (Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)

Dolores Martinez (Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London)

 

For more information on the films to be shown visit: http://printculture.com/the-russian-kurosawa-at-the-university-of-chicago/#more-614