Friday, June 17, 2016
9:30 PM–11:00 PM
1950, Japan, Akira Kurosawa, 88 min.
Introduced by professor Paul Anderer
Director Akira Kurosawa masterfully laces three different perspectives on the story of the murder of a Samurai warrior.
Three men are forced to take refuge from the rain in the shell of a former gatehouse called RashÃ´mon. After one of the men admits he knows more about the murder than he originally let on, RashÃ´mon becomes a space of revelations and changes in perception.
This movie is often cited as the reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the “Best Foreign Film” category.
About the Speaker
Paul Anderer, Mack Professor of Humanities and professor of Japanese literature at Columbia University, has served as chair of the department of East Asian languages and cultures and as acting dean of the graduate school. His writings include Other Worlds: Arishima Takeo and the Bounds of Modern Japanese Fiction (Columbia, 1984) and Literature of the Lost Home: Kobayashi Hideo-Literary Criticism, 1924-1939 (Stanford, 1995). He is currently writing a book on the black and white films of Kurosawa Akira and their relationship to post-war Japan and the silent film era.
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