This level of mastery is timeless, and although the movie is overly deliberate at times, when it takes off, it really flies.
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The film is still one of the most glorious testaments to the frustrations and exhilarations of chasing an unvarnished truth.
Today, nearly fifty years after it was made, Rashomon has lost none of its fascination or power. It's still a marvelous piece of cinema that asks unanswerable questions of great import.
Film is still an impressive piece of work, visually and rhythmically masterful.
Kurosawa is always worth a look but this is a particular classic that has influenced so much to come, it's almost essential.
Akira Kurosawa's 1950 masterwork is a chilling, utterly memorable dissection of the nature of human communication.
The wonder of Rashomon is that while the shadowplay of truth and memory is going on, we are absorbed by what we trust is an unfolding story.
Every element in the film, from the dense thicket of forest branches to master cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa's deceptive framing and lighting design, is precisely calibrated to make the facts more difficult to discern.