138. Rashomon

Last week would have been Akira Kurosawa’s 100th birthday, so I’m arriving a little late to the celebration with his masterpiece, RASHOMON.  A woman is raped in the woods and her husband killed, but who is the murderer?  Truth becomes increasingly inscrutable as the story is recounted from four perspectives: the bandit, the wife, a bystander, and even the deceased husband as channeled through a medium.  Events unfold differently each time, full of malice and cruelty, with most of the players claiming responsibility for the crime instead of blaming each other.  RASHOMON is beautifully filmed and superbly acted.  And though it is driven by action and plot, the heart of the film is its examination of truth, the justice system, and the goodness of man.

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