Rashomon

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Akira Kurosawa, Donald Richie
Rutgers University Press, 1987 - 201 pagina's
4 Recensies
Rashomon is one of the greatest of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's films, the winner of the 1951 Venice Festival prize and the Academy Award for best foreign film in 1952. It features Toshiru Mifune, the best-known Japanese actor in the West, as the bandit, and accused rapist and murderer. At the beginning of the film, a woodcutter, priest, and commoner happen to meet at the ruined gate--Rashomon--outside the city of Kyoto. This tale of rape and murder is first seen through the eyes of the woodcutter and priest, both of whom have been touched by the events. The cynical, detached commoner, "everyman," listens to and comments upon their stories. The central section of the film, a series of flashbacks and tales within tales, consists of the same events retold by the husband (speaking through a medium, from the grave), the wife, the bandit, and the woodcutter. Each tells what happened--or possibly, what should have happened. The film deals with multiple truths; Richie summarized the director's point of view in the introduction: "the world is illusion, you yourself make reality, but this reality undoes you if you submit to being limited by what you have made." The sixth title in the Rutgers Films in Print Series and the first Japanese film, this volume brings together for the first time the full continuity script of Rashomon; an introductory essay by Donald Richie; the Akutagawa stories upon which the film is based; critical review and commentaries of the film; a filmography; and a bibliography. Donald Richie is the author of the definitive books in English on Kurosawa and Ozu. In addition, he is coauthor of the standard English-language history of the Japanese film and author or editor of several other books on the subject. He has also served as film critic for the Japan Times and as curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
  

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Review: Rashomon (Rutgers Films in Print)

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This short story, with it's clean, consise prose depicts the moral struggle of an unemployed servant. A small masterpiece. Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Rashomon (Rutgers Films in Print)

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Japanese culture and spirit is very particular. Volledige recensie lezen

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Rashomon
1
His Life and Art Audie E Bock
23
Rashomon
29
Credits and Cast
33
The Continuity Script
35
Sources
93
The Akutagawa Stories
95
Rashomon
97
The New Yorker
135
The Times London
137
Commentaries
139
Rashomon and the Japanese Cinema
141
Rashomon and the Fifth Witness
145
Rashomon as Modern Art
149
A Reappraisal of Rashomon
159
Rashomon
167

In a Grove
102
An Autobiographical Account
111
Something Like an Autobiography
113
Reviews and Commentaries
123
Reviews
125
The New York Times
127
The Saturday Review
131
The Christian Science Monitor
133
The Impact of Rashomon
173
The Woman in Rashomon
179
The Dialectic of Light and Darkness in Kurosawas Rashomon
183
Filmography and Bibliography
193
Filmography 19431993
195
Selected Bibliography
199
Copyright

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Over de auteur (1987)

Writer/director Akira Kurosawa is considered one of history's greatest filmmakers. His films have profoundly affected the style and content of international cinema; in America, for example, his indelible influence can be found in everything from classic Westerns to "Star Wars," When he died in 1998, he had written 62 films (and had directed 32 of these).

Donald Richie was born, in Lima, Ohio on April 17, 1924. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Maritime Service as a civilian typist. He explored Tokyo on foot and began to attend the movies, which he wrote about for Stars and Stripes and later for the Japan Times. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in 1953 and then returned to Japan. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a film curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, but by 1973 he returned to live permanently in Japan. He wrote more than 50 books about all aspects of Japan including film, food, social customs, fables, gardens, temples, folk art, music, pop culture, tattoos and sexual mores. His works include The Inland Sea, Memoirs of the Warrior Kumagai, The Films of Akira Kurosawa, and Zen Inklings. He died on February 19, 2013 at the age of 88.

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