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Four-Star Films : 'Throne of Blood'

February 04, 1996|Michael Wilmington

Barring Orson Welles' three films, Kurosawa's very free adaptation of "Macbeth"--in the style of Noh drama--is the most cinematically potent Shakespearean transcription ever. Kurosawa cross-pollinates the play with Noh or Kabuki staging and his own hell-for-leather samurai action. It's an inspiring cultural hybrid. With Toshiro Mifune, pictured, (as the murderously ambitious throne-seeker), Isuzu Yamada (a virtuoso Lady Macbeth by a legendary screen actress), Minoru Chiaki and Takashi Shimura (Bravo Monday at 11 p.m.)

Other selected Four-Star films airing this week:

Gone with the Wind / TNT, Sunday, 11 a.m.

Citizen Kane / KCET, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

From Here to Eternity / Showtime, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

Rear Window / TNT, Thursday, 5 and 10:35 p.m.

Of Mice and Men (1939) / AMC, Friday, 6:30 a.m.

Singin' in the Rain / KCET, Saturday, 9 p.m.

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