Kurosawa's classic shown at UAM

Rashomon
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Bradly Gill
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   "Rashomon" is a unique insight into human nature and the fallacy of memory. One of director Akira Kurosawa’s earliest endeavors, the film tells four versions of the same event.

   Through each story the viewer gains more insight into the characters and ultimately receives a lesson on pride and how that affects memory.

   The three major characters (a samurai, his wife, and a notorious bandit) try to make themselves out as martyrs, heroes and several noble archetypes as they recount the rape of the wife and subsequent death of the samurai.

   Only in the end do you realize they are all scared and flawed people. With each retelling, they portray the events as they would have had them happen. Kurosawa makes a profound comment on how people relive the past through rose-colored glasses.

   By the conclusion, the details are drawn out into the light and the audience fully sees the flaws of the characters. 

   Cutting edge for its time, "Rashoman"’s camerawork and plot are phenomenal. Kurosawa’s work is ultimately about truth and elusive nature. As Kurosawa himself said when asked by the crew about the subject of the film, "It’s about life and life does not always have a clear meaning."

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