Our six-film retrospective of some of the greatest works by iconic and heavily-influential Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa concludes with his awe-inspiring 1950 crime drama Rashomon.
A riveting psychological suspense thriller that details four people’s differing accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, presented with cleverly-structured flashbacks, Rashomon is a masterwork that helped revolutionize film language, and introduced cinema to a new star-in-the-making by the name of Toshiro Mifune. Brimming with innovative structure, amazing performances, and a stimulating story, Rashomon examines the nature of absolute truth, and its effect on other people’s lives. In 1950, it caused a flurry amongst critics and audiences alike for its portrayal of passion, and still captivates, challenges, and thrills nearly seventy years later.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 1950. 88 minutes. Not Rated.
Monday, July 23 – 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Tuesday, July 24 – 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Sunday, July 29 – 8pm
“What Akira Kurosawa and his tiny production team wrought is now an accepted maxim of modern life, a creed by which to live in a world where everyone has a blog and an opinion.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Rashomon is a novel, stimulating moviegoing experience, and a sure sign that U.S. film importers will be looking hard at Japanese pictures from now on.” – TIME Magazine
“Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constructed, Rashomon is one of world cinema’s truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map” – Emmanuel Levy