Rashomon follow up

The class today saw about 14 minutes of Rashomon, a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, whose bold experimentation with light, shadow and camera movement was central in translating the “civil war” stories to the screen.  It stars Toshiro Mifune in a groundbreaking performance, Mifune collaborated many times with Kurosawa. Kurosawa had Mifune study animal movements, particularly those of lions to prepare for his role.  The film is based on two stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa: “Rashomon”, which provides the setting, and “In a Grove”, which provides the characters and plot.  The film is known for a plot device that involves various characters providing alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. The name of the film refers to the enormous city gate of Kyoto.  Rashomon marked the entrance of Japanese film onto the world stage. Audiences were dazzled. It won several awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, and an Academy Honorary Award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1952, and is now considered one of the masterpieces in film history.  The film announced a dramatic break with conventions of narrative, form and technique, linking the visual voluptuousness of the bygone silent era to the emerging modern era of cinema and it’s deconstruction of space, time and subjectivity

the opening scene is quite full of sound and sight with the rain and then the characters interaction, see if you believe their performance        notice how the camera follows the woodcutter through the forest

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