Joplin, MO (SNS) – A symposium on the films of director Akira Kurosawa will be featured during the spring semester portion of the 54th annual International Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University.

The symposium will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in Cornell Auditorium.

Dr. Stephen Prince from Virginia Tech, a Kurosawa and Japanese film expert, will direct the symposium. Prince has taught film history, criticism and theory at Virginia Tech for more than 20 years. He will be backed up by Dr. Stephen Teller, a retired Pittsburg State University faculty member, and Dr. Michael Howarth of the MSSU faculty.

The spring films will include:

“The Suitor” (“Le Soupirant”): March 1

The 1963 French comedy is based on the ludicrous behavior of a man in searching for a mate. The quest is strewn with pitfalls, since neither man nor object, woman nor elevator, is proof against his bumbling.

“I Live in Fear” (“Ikimono no Kiroku”): March 15

Director Akira Kurosawa’s 1955 film explores the concerns of people living in an atomic age with the dangers of fallout, when an industrialist determines to safely emigrate with his family to Brazil.

“Hands Over the City” (“Le Mani sulla Citta”): March 29

In this 1963 Italian film, a scheming land developer who pursued profits unscrupulously becomes the center of a scandal when one of his buildings collapses with fatal results. Based on actual events.

“Innocent Sorcerers” (“Niewinni Czarodzieje”): April 12

Andrezej Wajda, Poland’s leading postwar director, helmed this 1960 film that focuses on a younger generation, undeclared love, unfulfilled yearnings and vital disillusionment in which a blasé attitude replaces a heroic pose.

All screenings will be offered at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium, located in Plaster Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.