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Roshomon Film
Understanding Film
John Petty
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Date Created: 07/14/16
Film and Culture ROSHOMON Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune (Tajomaru) Noriko Honma (wife) Masayuki Mori (samurai) Takashi Shimura (witness, narrator) Minoru Chiaki (priest) Kichijiro Ueda (thief) NOTES  Akira Kurosawa - leading director in Japan  August 25, 1950 - based on 2 stories o japan occupied by american forces o different cultural model  audience raised in aesthetic and different philosophical environment  based on Japanese traditional theater o japanese films must be approached from different perspective o "film is film" -- not valid  WESTERN THEATER= representational o attempts to recreate reality to extent possible o actors act as if audience is not present o based on concept of "ideal forms" (Plato and Aristotle)  JAPANESE THEATER= presentational o "a plausible lie" Klakamura Kichiemon, Kabuki actor o actors in Kabuki plays frequently acknowledge audience o eastern aesthetic o 1. YUGEN= dark, hidden inner beauty, finding beauty in something not beautiful  "Gaze through cherry blossoms to huts fading in background" 2. WABI-SABI= beauty that is imperfect, impermanent.  beauty that fades or changes over time  Buddhist concept related to understanding of "non-self" 3. AWARE= melancholic sadness brought on by acute sensitivity invoked by natural objects that are finite and preishable  "the cry of crickets, autumn"  japanese films = philosophies of shints and Buddhism o moral, religious and philosophical percepts to common man  1950: o WWII until 1952 o govt. had tight control of films, only patriotic  only 10 films made o postwar: japanese films was not known beyond borders  Akira Kurosawa o 1910 - 1988 o "Western" of all japanese directors o western techniques with japanese forms o inspiration form western art and literature o "hands on"  1936: film assistant director  several propaganda during war years  Drunken Angel (1948)  Rashomon  Golden Lion at Venice film festival  academy award for best foreign film  1954: the seven samurai cements reputation  Rashomon o recaptures and recreates aesthetics of silent filmmaking o the RASHOMON EFFECT important in journalism o how we see ourselves I. SYMBOLISM  The rashomon gate o entering into another world o separation between sacred and profane  The Forest o journey through forest, journey through human heart o a dark, labyrinth path  Sunlight o truth, through trees is obscured  Triangular compositions o husband, wife, bandit o woodcutter, priest, commoner LECTURE I. WHAT IS POPULAR CULTURE  ideas, attitudes, conventions, images, etc  adopted and embraced by culture or society o example: film, tv, art, literature, music, dance, cartoons, toys  popular culture <------> society (influence) II. CULTURAL STUDIES  interdisciplinary field  culture informs and transforms aspects of human existence  democratic field o (assumes all aspects of cultures worthy of study) o example: Feminist studies, history, philosophy, literary theory, film/ video, media theory, political economy, etc.  more interested in texts embedded in social matrix o has consequences  examines social, institutional, which meaning produced and received  interactions between spectators, institutions, and overall culture III. AMERICAN HORROR FILM: BIRTH  Edison studies of Frankenstein (1910) - Charles Ogle  Public: repulsive and shocking  horror genre shut down until 1923 o Phantom of the Opera o Hunchback of Notre Dame o BOTH BY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS  WWI: advancement of medicine o wounded coming home o mutiles de guerre: confront horrors of war  1920: Lon Chaney (actor) o man of 1,000 faces o character Blizzard in movie o represented vets coming home (no legs)  brought German Expressionist films (style for horror) o Karl Freund (1890 - 1969)  first to emigrate from Germany (jewish) during WWII o Frankenstein (1931)  influenced German Expressionism  until WWII III. EXAMPLES  "I am a fugitive from Chain Gang" o convicted of minor crime o 6-10 years jail sentence o forced govt. to change gang system  Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980s) o world was america's playground o we could go anywhere and take what we want o colonialist narrative  Dark Knight Rises o wall street movement END OF NOTES


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