Rashomon

(Akira Kurosawa, 1950). Kurosawa's ritualistic, exotic, philosophical action flick effectively invented Japanese cinema for non-Japanese filmgoers, despite the movie's global village synthesis. A samurai crime story with an investigative Citizen Kane flashback structure, Rashomon is a mesmerizing play on the mechanisms of fiction which not only contributed a concept to courtroom journalism but counts among its descendents movies as varied as JFK and The Usual Suspects.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 1, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 & 10:10 p.m.; Mon., June 8, 1, 2:50 & 4:40 p.m. Starts: June 3. Continues through June 7, 2009

 
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