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Rashomon (1950)

  • Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Language(s): Japanese
  • Genres(s): Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 83 min.

Essential Janus Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Janus Films is the pre-eminent distributor of classic foreign films in the United States. Founded by two Harvard students in 1956, Janus Films was one of the first distributors to bring what are now regarded as the masterpieces of world cinema to American audiences.

This landmark Japanese masterpiece is Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic examination of the subjective nature of truth. In A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

"What Akira Kurosawa and his tiny production team wrought is now an accepted maxim of modern life"
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Rashomon is a novel, stimulating moviegoing experience, and a sure sign that U.S. film importers will be looking hard at Japanese pictures from now on."
- TIME Magazine
"This caused a flurry in critical circles for its brilliance of conception, technique, acting and its theme of passion."
- Variety Staff, Variety
"An impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Its virtues are still plentiful: Kurosawa's visual style at its most muscular, rhythmically nuanced editing, and excellent performances."
- Time Out
"Much of the power of the picture -- and it unquestionably has hypnotic power -- derives from the brilliance with which the camera of director Akira Kurosawa has been used. "
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Rashomon (1950) struck the world of film like a thunderbolt."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What Kurosawa implies in this haunting film is that in the retelling, inevitably every man will make himself out to be the hero or villain of the story."
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

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