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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Akira Kurosawa Masterpiece ‘Rashomon’

Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Akira Kurosawa Masterpiece 'Rashomon'

Akira Kurosawa Week is rolling right along at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece “Rashomon.”

Rasho-mon is the name of the gate to the city of Kyoto, the
medieval setting of the film that brought director Akira Kurosawa to
international recognition. Despite daily battles with his unsympathetic studio
backers, he produced a worldwide hit that rejuvenated Japanese cinema on the
world stage, although it was less appreciated domestically. The concept of the
unreliable narrator as it relates to the real nature of truth was not
appreciated by Kurosawa’s peers, nor was his introduction of multi-camera coverage.

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