DANCES WITH WOLVES
1990, MGM Repertory, 181 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Union Lieutenant Dunbar (Kevin Costner, who also directed) takes a new assignment on the Western frontier, where he comes into contact with the Sioux tribe and gradually comes to identify with them, falling in love with one of their women (Mary McDonnell), hunting buffalo and ultimately becoming a full-blown member of the tribe. A traitor in the eyes of his own people, Dunbar ultimately must decide to whom his allegiance truly belongs. Winner of seven Oscars including John Barry’s nod for best score.


LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min, UK / USA, Dir: David Lean

This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Director David Lean's masterpiece, lensed to perfection by Freddie Young and set to Maurice Jarre's majestic score, is based on the daring campaigns of real-life British military figure T.E. Lawrence during WWI. The amazing cast includes Peter O’Toole (in his first feature), Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role as Sherif Ali), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal. Made to be seen on the big screen!


THE SEVEN SAMURAI
SHICHININ NO SAMURAI
1954, Janus Films, 207 min, Japan, Dir: Akira Kurosawa

Director Akira Kurosawa’s first attempt at a samurai film yielded this character-driven masterpiece about an aging swordsman (Takashi Shimura) who enlists six other warriors-for-hire (among them Toshiro Mifune) to safeguard a remote village plagued by bandits. After viewing THE SEVEN SAMURAI, filmmaker Federico Fellini called Kurosawa "the greatest living example of all that an author of the cinema should be." In Japanese with English subtitles.


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