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  • Rashomon Analysis

    Different genres utilize the camera and its subjects differently, and Kurosawa notes these differences throughout Rashomon. Tajomaru’s story is intentionally very comedic. He is an over-the-top character, coming off as slightly unhinged at times, but never ultimately unreliable. Throughout Tajomaru’s retell of events, the camera is very subjective. The audience is seeing the action almost entirely how Tajomaru is seeing it. In fact, the audience is so closely connected to Tajomaru’s point of view, that we are given a glimpse of how he hopes to be perceived, which is as a gallant hero wandering through the forest. Dramatic music complements this brief fantasy of his. While the scene is obviously very comedic, it does not discredit Tajomaru. In fact, it actually brings viewers closer to understanding him. In comically portraying Tajomaru as vulnerable, Kurosawa…

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  • Movie Analysis Of Rashomon

    Rashomon is another masterpiece from Akira Kurosawa, yet this film was also remained as a black and white classic film in movie history due to it’s epicness. Akira adapted this story from Akutagawa Ryunosuke, a well-known and talented writer in Japan. I had already read some of Akutagawa’s selected short stories before I watched this film. I found that Akira had combined two stories into his movie, which was “In a bamboo groove” and “Rashomon”. In fact, the main storyline in this movie was…

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  • Rashomon Effect Analysis

    The historian must filter through the multiple voices, brand away the objectivity, take into account the subjectivity and come to an accurate conclusion on how to properly represent the time period not based off of biased readings. Such a concept can be synthesized into the term Rashomon effect, a term coined in the 1950 film Rashomon directed by Akira Kurosawa, which stems from the films plot in which a murder is detailed through multiple witnesses whose tells end up contradicting one another…

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  • Rashomon Movie Analysis

    Rashomon - The Loss and Gains in the Transition of Medium Whenever a movie is created based off a novel, there is a common debate on whether the movie was better than the novel or vice versa. Sometimes, the debate ends quickly for both sides have the same opinion on the movie or the novel. However, in some cases the debate lengths, for one side prefers the movie over the other due to reasons such as the gains or losses on making the novel into the movie. In the case for Rashomon, a similar…

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  • In A Grove Vs Rashomon

    “Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.” According to director Akira Kurosawa, this is the meaning behind his film Rashomon. The film is an adaptation of the short story “In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagwa, a mystery regarding the murder of the samurai Takehiko. It is told through the points of view of the people involved, including the dead samurai himself. Because three of the main characters did plead…

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  • Akira Kurosawa's Influence On Sergio Leone And George Lucas

    Rashomon won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Seven Samurai was remade as the Western, The Magnificent Seven! During the 1950s, the American film industry decreased in Western movie productions for the big screen. Most Westerns were produced for television. However, there still was an increased demand for Westerns in foreign countries. An Italian filmmaker, Sergio Leone, saw the opportunity to take advantage of this demand of popularity with The Magnificent Seven. Sergio Leone…

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  • Film Analysis: The Ambiguity Of Truth

    Having taken place in the 12th century, Rashomon also has an added element of rich, traditional cultural views that govern its characters. The very Asian culture of ‘saving face’ is still prominent today, and I feel it is one of the reasons that made some characters bend the truth. For example, in the wife’s retelling of the story, she completely voided the horrible truth about her getting ruined by Tajōmaru, which was consistent in every other recount. At the same time, the husband’s side of…

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  • Orson Welles And Kurosawa's Citizen Kane And The American Dream

    foundation for it’s plot. Nearly a decade later Rashomon was released and displayed the unique aspects of Japanese cinema and the pursuit of the truth. Orson Welles and Akira Kurosawa both had clear visions of what they wanted their films to be; however, the two men took different approaches. Welles demonstrated different filming techniques, used a specific framing device and music to broadcast his theme. Kurosawa sought out elements of nature, lighting and the theatrical role of music to…

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  • American Crime Analysis

    (Bonilla-Silva 76). Of the storytelling Bonilla-Silva examined, he determined that there are two types, storylines, and testimonies (76). According to Bonilla-Silva, storylines are “fable-like” because they are based on general arguments that seem obvious or that appeal to common sense (76). On the other hand, testimonies are the personal details that uphold the storyline. They create the “aura of authenticity and emotionality that only ‘firsthand’ narratives’ can furnish” which “help narrators…

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  • The Auteur Theory

    Fellini and Truffaut or they can put their stylistic authorial marks. Bordwell goes on to say, the director establishes himself as an auteur with breaking the norms of classic filmmaking. These can be, but not limited to an unusual angle, a jump cut, a “magical” change in the setting or an unreliable narrator. In the cases of Rashomon(1950) and 400 Blows (1959), the auteurs of the movie both imposed their vision onto the films. Akira Kurosawa made many revolutionary choices that made an…

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