The Magnificent Seven

In this lean remake of SEVEN SAMURAI, Sturges transports Kurosawa’s epic 18th-century jidaigeki (period drama) to mid-19th-century Mexico, near the US border. The core of the story remains: A small peasant village, self-sustaining and seemingly peaceful, is repeatedly raided by a miscreant band of pillagers led by Calvera (Eli Wallach). The villagers find help in the form of Chris (Yul Brynner), an expert gunslinger from Dodge City, who brings together a small army of six very different men, from a dashing wanderer (Steve McQueen), to an Irish-Mexican gunfighter (Charles Bronson), to an inexperienced yet eager newcomer (Horst Buchholz). In the end, Sturges’s western is a subtly profound examination of masculinity in the face of despair. (128 mins.)

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN screens Saturday, November 23 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Samurai Cinema series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

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