Saturday, February 09, 2008

Akira Kurosawa's - Dreams - Vincet Van Gogh Segment

I love this film, and this is one of my favorite sections.

Akira dreams of meeting Van Gogh in one of his paintings.

A brilliantly-colored vignette featuring director Martin Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh. An art student (a character wearing Kurosawa's trademark hat who provides the POV for the rest of the film) finds himself inside the vibrant and sometimes chaotic world inside Van Gogh's artwork, where he meets the artist in a field and converses with him. The student loses track of the artist (who is missing an ear and nearing the end of his life) and travels through other works trying to find him. Van Gogh's painting Wheat Field with Crows is an important element in this dream. This Segment features Prelude No. 15 in D-flat major by Chopin.

Dreams — aka Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Yume (夢), I Saw a Dream Like This, Konna yume wo mita, or Such Dreams I Have Dreamed — is a 1990 portmanteau film based on actual dreams of the film's director, Akira Kurosawa at different stages of his life. The film is based more on imagery than on dialogue.


1 comment:

Rev. Danny Fisher said...

Dreams is one of my favorites too. Anything by Kurosawa is a favorite.

And Scorsese is wonderful as Van Gogh. (I think people forget what a terrific actor he is. He's great in Quiz Show too. And he's absolutely hilarious anytime he plays a version of himself in films or on television.)