Rashomon

Probably the most cited movie ever, when used to describe other movies that employ multiple perspectives, Akira Kurosawa's 1950 Rashomon caused a sensation at the Venice Film Festival. Later nominated for an Academy Award, it put post-war Japanese cinema on the map (so far as we Westerners were concerned). The great Toshiro Mifune stars as a bandit in medieval Japan who's charged with rape and murder. There were witnesses. But, in addition to the bandit's own account, everyone's story is different. So who to believe? Is there no such things as truth? Or only facets of the truth? Eagle Eye is merely the latest treatment of these same ideas. Only Rashomon posed the epistemological conundrum first, and far, far better. (NR) BRIAN MILLLER

Jan. 9-15, 7 & 9 p.m., 2009

 
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