"Rashomon (1950)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

According to an ancient legend, a long time ago there were three blind sage. To the best of their limited opportunities in knowledge of the world they are exploring just about anything that came to their hands on. And I caught them once under the arm elephant. We rejoiced when the sages and immediately began to investigate it. The first of them came on the elephant side and said: "The elephant is like a huge wall," The second, used for the trunk, said: "The elephant - a large snake!" The third examined the tail, so confidently said: "What are you, friend? Elephant me more like a rope. " They have argued for a long time, but it's not for nothing that they are called by the sages. According to his, I must say, more life experience wise guessed that each of them has faced only a small part of the real elephant. Of course, all three of them are right. However, only within the area with which they are directly confronted. Realizing this, the sages have laid down their ideas about the elephant, but even that knowledge could not be complete
About ruined Rashomon Gate, the shadow of the majestic temple, one cloudy day met three casual acquaintances:. Woodcutter, priest, and commoner . Priest shook story of a rape and murder in the forest, he heard at the trial. Undeniable facts of the case, the culprit himself admits to the crime. But if, out of a hat rabbits avid magician, throughout the film, one after another, new certificates, each of which contradicts the preceding claims and the truth. To believe in one's cherished words lies the truth? Or each of unwitting participants in this drama has seen all-just your own darkness, which can neither touch nor weigh on the palm?
Ryunoske Akutagawa story "The most" outlining the 4 versions of the crime, which occurred in medieval Japan, now usually referred to classic detective genre. When the film adaptation, Kurosawa deliberately confused his search for truth and motives of the names and motives of another work by the same author - "The Gates of Rashomon." The entire film is reminiscent of artfully srezhisirovanny theatrical performance, the main action of which takes place on the symbolic ruins of former greatness, and all the frantic attempts of heroes to find the precious ray of truth in the jumble of alien subjectivity and outright lies will constantly bump into a black stormy sky and the equally symbolic rain wall.
While on the scene, the heroes of the dilemma is sustained in a typical mainstream of European classical philosophy. 4 versions of the same events as equal among themselves and subjective for people, their outlines that resemble the old legend of the donkey of the famous philosopher Buredana that several days sitting in front of two absolutely identical bundles of hay, not daring to prefer one another, and as a result, he graduated lived hungry the death of the Supreme Truth instructive. Fortunately, kurosavovskih hero does not expect a similar fate, because all pravdokopatelstvo for them -. Only an interesting story, the reason peresedet under the roof of the temple of the prolonged downpour
However, while the heroes, like the ancient sages also find out before them whose leg, trunk and tail, somewhere in the distance, over the solid wall of rain and thunder tears epochal battle between good and evil, in which Heaven and Hell is trying to reach out to each of the human soul. Blinded like Themis only truth seekers are sent to the contemplative journey, the end of which he can not find the only correct answer, but it may be able to find himself.
very first film Aktiry Kurosawa brought him worldwide fame. Kurosawa took it, and then a few weeks later he called and offered to put "Rashomon" in the competition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival. Kurosawa agreed - by and large, he did not care ... and went on a fishing trip. However, when a couple of weeks later, he returned with a catch but tasty fish dinner at home it was waiting for the "Golden Lion", and a window at home with modesty rural simpleton already knocked world fame, which the director until now could not even dream of. The film struck Venice jury of his imagery, the bold mix of Asian content with classical philosophical ideas of the West, the virtuoso camera work, which could not prevent and monochrome color range. And most importantly - solving the age-old philosophical puzzle Three Blind Sages, Kurosawa was able to offer the most accurate and humanistic decision: does it matter to whom is more like the truth - on the wall, a rope or snake, as a result of these disputes is not possible to agree about something the definition? The only point of reference that can do this blind seeing - it is the moral standards, his own humanistic compass that accurately displays any of rainwater palace on a sunny glade
general, view kurosavovskogo masterpiece, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the establishment, is associated with a number of difficulties.. Someone alienate old colors, someone - a little static style of shooting, playback scenes reminiscent of the classic Japanese theater. Another difficulty - an abundance of quotations and borrowings, which literally pilfered this, in general, is quite simple in its message of the film projectionist and other directors in the first place - American and European. Inside the black-and-white glare "Rashomon," no, no, yes, and catches a glimpse of the echoes of spectacular fires of koppolovskogo "Apocalypse Now," to shine mirror swords from "Excalibur" by John Boorman, or even deep in the sky, high above the rain shadow of sparkle another boat, flying kubrikovskuyu "Space odyssey". Kurosawa's film was one of the first considerations in world cinema on the theme of human nature, Buddhist meditation that makes the human person, the correct proportions of brutality and thirst for knowledge, rebellion and conformity, black and white, make up the recipe of human existence.
When asked whether the truth long and pointless wanderings stands in the void, hoping by chance to grope her, Kurosawa meets emphatic "No", and the rest from wandering, the heroes found in the ruins of a crying baby. He is fragile and helpless, has no idea about the high philosophical matters and unknowable higher court. But simple human attitudes once left them cold digging into other people's lives with endless betrayals and baseness. And then the rain stopped, and with it and ends with the next battle
There's an old Japanese legend
soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked:.. "Is it true that there is a heaven and hell?" "Who are you?" - Hakuin asked
"I -. samurai," - said the warrior
"you -. soldier! - said the head of Hakuin.- What holds you in his army? . You've got a face like a beggar »
Nobushige so was furious that he started to pull out his sword, but Hakuin continued:" Do you have the sword! But perhaps he was too stupid to carry my head "when Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked:.
« Then open the door to hell »
At these words the samurai feel like an apprentice, sheathed his sword. and he bowed. "Here open the gates of heaven," - said Hakuin
About ruined Rashomon Gate, the shadow of the majestic temple, one cloudy day three casual acquaintances may know where to open their own Gates of Paradise
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