Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon – Watch it here! by jimmycanuck
November 6, 2006, 11:21 am
Filed under: movies, youtube

I’m working on a paper for my english class on one of Kurosawa’s first classics, Rashomon.  While doing a little research on the film, I discovered that the Japanese government has declared all movies made before 1953 to be public domain. What this means is that I can post a video of the whole film right here and there’s not a damn thing the Kurosawa estate can do about it. Neat, huh?

If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth sitting through. Not only is it a good movie on it’s own merits, it’s a very important moment in cinematic history.  Much like how Citizen Kane was responsible for many of the common techniques we see in film today, Rashomon introduces a style of storytelling that has been used countless times over.  It tells the tale of a rape and murder through the eyes of everyone involved. Of course, no two eyewitness accounts are alike. It’s a very cool exploration into the nature of truth, and a film everybody should see at least once.

If you watch it, let me know what you think.

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