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What are the themes in Akira Kurosawa's film Dreams?

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Dreams is composed of eight short films representing the director's visionary dreams.

The central focus of the first two dreams is childhood. The attraction of the forbidden is the main theme of the first dream ("Sunshine through the Rain").

In the second dream ("The Peach Orchard"), the ecological theme emerges.

"The Blizzard" represents the path of life full of pains. It also explores the dangers of temptation often hidden by appearance.

In the fourth dream ("The Tunnel"), the following themes are dealt with: the stupidity of war, the sense of guilt felt by those who survived, and the awareness of death. The soldiers who follow the protagonist do not know—or do not want to believe—they are dead.

"Crows" draws a parallel between Vincent Van Gogh’s view of painting and Kurosawa’s view of cinematic art. Both artists often use nature not just as a background, but as a protagonist.

The sixth and seventh dreams are interrelated. "Mount Fuji in Red" comments on the idiocy of man by...

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