DODES’KA-DEN presented by Angela Valamanesh

DODES’KA-DEN presented by Angela Valamanesh

Artist Angela Valamanesh presents

DODES'KA-DEN 

"I nominated an early Kurosawa film, Dodeskaden, made in 1970 that I probably saw on SBS in the early 1980s.  I've read recently that it was Kurosawa's first colour film and that its commercial failure led to his attempted suicide (Wikepedia).   It's not a film that I could say directly influenced my practice but it is embedded in my memory for a couple of reasons.  Firstly it's about community.  It's about looking after each other, a compassionate view of people living around a dump and an intellectually disabled boy who is cared for by people living there.  I guess it shows a side of humanity that's caring and I felt that it was something that all cultures share to some degree. Secondly I recall the vivid reconstruction of the fantasy life of the young boy who truly believes he's a tram conductor, or maybe a tram. " 

Angela Valamanesh

DODES’KA-DEN presented by Angela Valamanesh

  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Year: 1971
  • Run Time: 140 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: Japan with English Subtitles
  • Rating: PG