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RETURN OF THE REELS GALA: YOJIMBO

In celebration of the Spaghetti Western genre, Tallgrass Film Festival presents a retrospective screening of Akira Kurosawa's Samurai film YOJIMBO (1961). Inspired by John Ford's classic Western movies and then becoming a highly influential (if not plaigarized) film in its own right for filmmakers like Sergio Leone, YOJIMBO will screen on 35mm at the Orpheum Theatre with Special Guest, Film Historian and Kurosawa Scholar Stephen Prince.

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in this visually stunning and darkly comic film. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time."Even Eastwood's Man With No Name is inspired, perhaps, by the samurai in Yojimbo," said critic Roger Ebert who gave the film four stars.

The Return of the Reels Gala takes place on Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm at the Orpheum Theatre and is sponsored by Jack Daniels. The film and Q&A will be followed by an after party at Old Cowtown Museum and a Midnight Screening of Sergio Leone's A FISTFULL OF DOLLARS at the Orpheum.

Tickets are $25, and include the screening, afterparty and midnight screening. Tickets are available online beginning September 27 and in person October 13. A VIP TALLPass gains admittance to all Galas, after-parties and screenings.