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Stunning samurai armor, bathed in red, on exhibit at LACMA
Stunning samurai armor, bathed in red, on exhibit at LACMA

"Throne of Blood,” Akira Kurosawa’s eloquently stylized 1957 reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as a 16th century Japanese samurai saga, hovers in the flushed, rosy atmosphere of a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kurosawa’s movie was filmed in radiant black-and-white. Yet, the highly unusual use of crimson lighting overhead for “Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” has the tragedy’s bloody fingerprints all over it. Darth Vader’s famous “Star Wars” costume isn’t the only samurai reference in classic film. The touring show comes from a...

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