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Steal This Movie

Even if you’ve never heard of Akira Kurosawa and you hate black-and-white movies with subtitles, you’ve seen one of his flicks. Long before Martin Scorsese remade the Hong Kong police film Internal Affairs into The Departed, Kurosawa (from whom Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Francis Ford Coppola have stolen and borrowed) remade the American police movie King’s Ransom into High & Low, which screens this Thursday in HD digital at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

The plot sounds like a typical 1990s Mel Gibson film: wealthy industrialist, kidnappers, a lot of time on the phone, and “Give me back my son!” But in the hands of Kurosawa, it’s a wonderfully tense story drenched in silence and nervous shakes. Stealing is stealing, but Kurosawa did it first, and better. The theft begins this Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for members, $10 for non-members.
Thu., Aug. 27, 8 p.m., 2009


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