October 8, 2009 |
It's a tough call for classic film lovers on Friday -- Kurosawa or Welles? The beautifully restored print of Akira Kurosawa's landmark 1950 drama "Rashomon" visits the Nuart Theatre for a one-week engagement beginning Friday. Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyo star in this groundbreaking examination of human nature that revolves around four people's differing accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. www.landmarktheatres.com Effects pioneer Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is featuring a newly struck print of Orson Welles' 1941 masterwork "Citizen Kane" on Friday at the Linwood Dunn Theater.
June 29, 2007
Re "Reel life was his real love," Column One, June 27 It has been 27 years since I last sat in Jim Hosney's classroom, listened to the whirl of a 35-millimeter projector in his apartment or heard that laugh, but time has diminished neither my fondness nor gratitude. While my vocations are law and politics rather than film, the lessons learned from this master permeate much of my work. One of the greatest testaments to Hosney is that my legal briefs, press releases and speeches often contain references to such decidedly nontraditional sources as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Rashomon."
September 23, 1987 |
Fringe shows shouldn't duplicate what can be seen any weekend in small theater. "The Ring of Steel" certainly supplied something different Monday night at the Mark Taper Forum--and on the "Babbitt" set, at that. It was an evening of sword fights. It didn't get monotonous. In fact there was too much variety, as with a piano recital where absolutely everybody in the studio gets a chance to perform. The show needed a stronger point of view, a narrator and a smaller, better-matched cast.
June 1, 1997 |
Akira Kurosawa's great, furious adaptation of two stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The plot is a classic demonstration of the relativity of "truth": four diverging views of a murder and rape, three by the killer and his victims, one by a "detached" observer. The realization is superb--matchless cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa, brilliant performances by Toshiro Mifune (left), Machiko Kyo (right), Mayasuki Mori and Takashi Shimura.
March 12, 2009
Arecent study published in the Harvard Law Review suggests that video evidence, however clear to one viewer -- or to eight Supreme Court justices -- may not be persuasive to another. The basis of the study was a 2007 case reviewed by the Supreme Court that involved a Georgia man who was paralyzed after a police officer rammed his car during a high-speed pursuit. A video of the chase, recorded by a camera in the squad car, dominated the justices' examination.
April 24, 1999
Howard Rosenberg compliments the second episode of "Everything's Relative" for venturing "beyond formulaic lines with 'Rashomon'-like flashbacks" (" 'Everything's Relative' Stumbles as It Treads Comedy's Low Road," April 6). I'm curious if it ventures beyond formulaic lines in the manner of the "Happy Days" episode with "Rashomon"-like flashbacks, the "Diff'rent Strokes" episode with "Rashomon"-like flashbacks, the "Mama's Family" episode with "Rashomon"-like flashbacks, or the "Hangin' With Mr.