New Charles series compares movies of the East to Eastwood's

July 15, 1996|By Stephen Hunter

Film fans get a rare chance to examine one of the most provocative cross-cultural patterns of influence in the cinema from an interesting series the Charles is now running.

The series, "East Meets Eastwood," examines the strange relationship between the samurai films of the great Akira Kurosawa in the late 1950s and their subsequent impact on the Italian-made westerns that catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom the early '60s.

Tonight at 7: 15, the theater is showing "For a Few Dollars More," the second of the Eastwood films that were directed by the Italian visionary Sergio Leone, based on his interpretation of Kurosawa's bloody, beautiful warrior movies. Reviled by orthodox critics at the time, the Leone-Eastwood films have reached a place in the pantheon of great movies.

Next Monday, the Charles is showing Toshiro Mifune's great "Sanjuro," and the series finishes July 29 with the epic "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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