Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Night at the Movies…Double Feature: Rashoman & His Girl Friday

…a drama and a both or whichever you are in the mood for.  Rashomon needs no introduction but I will anyway (below, reposted from Open Culture). I don't really need to tell you which is which, do I? Any subtext you care to extract from my choices is up to you. 

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“Come on, Homer,” Marge Simpson once said to her husband before one of the cartoon family’s trips abroad, “Japan will be fun! You liked Rashomon.” Homer’s sullen reply: “That’s not how I remember it.”
There you have all you need to know about that film’s permanent and immediate place in the zeitgeist. Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 tale of crime, punishment, and the nature of memory has become a byword for the way that single events produce bewildering varieties of recollections and interpretations. We make this reference in the same offhand way when we make a reference to, say, Rosebud, the tortured magnate’s childhood sled incinerated at the end of Citizen Kane. It comes in handy when we need to describe those seemingly vast revelations that actually reveal nothing. But just as far fewer people throw around the word “Rosebud” than have actually seen and appreciated Citizen Kane, far fewer people display familiarity with “Rashomon” than with Rashomon. Yet both pictures hold up immaculately today, and you can watch the latter free on (or pick up a finer print on DVD/Blu-ray here). It’s also added to our collection of 500 Free Movies Online.
In addition to signifying both a classic film and an inescapable element of the human experience (not to mention the Ryunosuke Akutagawa short story that provided the movie’s basis), “Rashomon” also signifies a place. The Rashomon gate isn’t just a film set; should you find yourself in Kyoto, you can visit it. I may well do that myself soon, since I’m coming to you for the next couple of weeks from western Japan. While here, I’ll take the opportunity to showcase a few particularly intriguing pieces of Japanese film, television, art, and media on Open Culture. If you, like me, live under the spell of Japanophilia, Japanese film may well have first cast it upon you. After taking the Italian Critics Award and the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, Rashomon cast it on a generation or two of westerners. While the cinema of Japan has much more to offer than Kurosawa, you could hardly find a place of higher craft or accessibility to begin exploring it.
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Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall...and for your reading pleasure, Rashomon, and Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

His Girl Friday (1940), from the Internet Archive, is the comedy selection

Hilarious romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Russell is rough and tumble reporter looking to get out of the news racket by marrying and becoming a house wife after her divorce from newspaper publisher Grant. Just when she is about to leave town with her husband-to-be the still lovesick Grant drafts her to cover one final breaking news sensation.

Along with plenty of laughs and fast paced dialog this film provides a witty and cynical look at news business. There is a slight audio sync problem in the first couple minutes of the film. It is present on the source medium and is very brief.

This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films

Director: Howard Hawks
Audio/Visual: sound, black and white

Script: screenplay based on "The Front Page" 1939

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


  1. Intriguing strange I thought but the two films do go together. I wonder what kind of story Rashomon and his Girl Friday would be.

  2. hahaha...very funny. Or maybe Rashomon Gate is the university and Girl Friday is an adjunct. Ana Fores is waiting to watch Rashomon again before posting to Adjunct Justice, so she may have another take


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