Friday, September 12, 2014

Films I liked: Rashomon (+ World Cinema Notes)

Thought I'd post this just for kicks even though I just wrote about not looking too much at features for story structure...

Logline: A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from different points of view

Concept Statement: Humanity is self-serving and sinful, but our hope and salvation comes for the few who our attempt to make up for their crimes.
  • Themes: Imperfections of Human Nature; no accuracy, only bias

  • Director Kurosawa was influenced by traditional Japanese Kabuki Theater.  This is evidenced by the Shaman scene and the way Tojomaru would often exaggeratedly smile not unlike a Kabuki mask
  • No heroic archetype, though each character seems to be the protagonist of their own story
  • The Wife is a good example of a character who is not admirable but who is still sympathetic
  • The film was made during post-WW2 Japan.  As a result, the tone of the film is pessimistic, similar to how Japan might have felt after being defeated.
  • The film coined the term, 'Rashomon Effect,' which means contradictory interpretations by the same people

Notes on Global Cinema:
  • Nonlinear Narrative
  • No happy ending
  • Not Invisible Editing

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