Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1950).
Despite its global village synthesis, Kurosawa’s ritualistic, philosophical action flick effectively invented Japanese cinema for non-Japanese filmgoers. A samurai crime story with an investigative Citizen Kane flashback structure, Rashomon is a mesmerizing play on the mechanisms of fiction that not only contributed a concept to courtroom journalism but counts among its descendants movies as varied as JFK, The Usual Suspects and The Social Network.

Fri., Oct. 29, 2, 4:30, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2010

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