Tuesday, November 30
The Webster Film Series' "Decision 2004" is democracy in action. WFS audiences were polled about what they felt were the best movies of all time, with the top five vote-getters being awarded a slot in the WFS schedule. We're up to number two this week, the "vice president" if you will, and it's the godhead of all action movies: Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. But the titular samurai of the movie are not the cardboard heroes of the modern action movie. Over the course of the film's glorious three-hour running time, each samurai is revealed as a fully realized person, which makes the dénouement that much more powerful. Pick a favorite if you must (it's gotta be Toshiro Mifune's "Kikuchiyo"), but be aware not all of them survive. The Seven Samurai screens at 7 p.m. at Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-7487). Tickets are $4 to $6 but are free to Webster Film Series members (see? membership has its privileges).