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Samurai Summer

August 16, 2022, 11:00:00 PM
The Coolidge Corner Theater

About the Event:

Samurai Summer debuted in 2021, paying homage to the Coolidge's history of programming Japanese films in the 70s and 80s, with samurai stories being among the most popular. Our first season featured screenings of some of the most thrilling epics of the genre, including Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.



In 2022, Samurai Summer II pairs classic chanbara (sword fighting) movies with films from the West they’ve influenced. Beginning with The Hidden Fortress and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, we’ll see how the themes in samurai films are interpreted, borrowed, and, in some cases, stolen.

Tuesday, August 16th: The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Wednesday, August 17th: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Tuesday, August 23rd: Onibaba (1964)

Wednesday, August 24th: Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)

Tuesday, August 30th: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Wednesday, August 31: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Tuesday, September 6th: Ran (1985)

Wednesday, September 7th: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Event Host: Coolidge Corner Theater

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is New England's most successful independent, nonprofit cinema. Built as a church in 1906, it was redesigned as an Art Deco movie palace in 1933 and has never closed its doors to the public since then. Located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts, it was the community's first movie theater and now, a non-profit foundation since 1989, it celebrates the experience of cinema by presenting the finest international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series.

From the sponsoring of china giveaways during the Depression to the prestigious Coolidge Award events inaugurated in 2004 honoring groundbreaking international artists from the world of film, the Coolidge Corner Theatre has played a unique and indelible role in the development and social history of the town of Brookline.

The many changes at the Coolidge in recent years have greatly altered the perception of the Theatre in the eyes of the public. The Coolidge has, in fact, experienced nothing short of a renaissance, transforming itself from a down-at-heel but beloved experimental arts venue to a stable, prosperous, and highly valued institution in the community.

Event Host:                                     Coolidge Corner Theater