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Alongside its run of Steve James’s acclaimed new documentary about the late Roger Ebert, Life Itself, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville is showing “two of the films that Ebert held in especially high esteem”: Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde and Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru. The latter is an especially poignant choice for the occasion, as Kurosawa’s elegiac masterpiece is perhaps cinema’s most eloquent expression of what it means to have lived a rich, full, and generous life. In it, the great Takashi Shimura plays a bureaucrat who must reassess his relationship to the world when he finds out he has terminal cancer. Ikiru screens at the Belcourt on July 20; watch the original Japanese trailer below.