Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Rashomon (1950)

Film: Rashomon (144/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

A woman is raped, or is she? A man is killed, but how? Where's the dagger? What really happened? The events in this film are told through four different perspectives, and who's to say what the true version is? Everyone has their own motivations. Everyone has reasons to lie. Even as I watched it carefully, I had trouble recalling what happened in which version, there were so many overlapping events. The characters being told these stories lose faith in humanity, convinced there is no good left in this wretched world. But maybe there is a little good after all...

This is a masterpiece of filmmaking. I'm especially awed by the story told by the dead man through a's haunting and though you may think that the victim's story has to be the true one, is it really? It's an absolute crime that I've seen so little of director Akira Kurosawa's work. He's widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and I'm barely scratching the surface of his filmography. Time to get busy!

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