Akira Kurosawa

One of those people who you're only supposed to like or actually good?  Give me a few months and I'll tell you.

Rashomon (1951) -- Revered by all, but to me it hasn't held up well since 1950.  Even then, it wasn't very revolutionary to tell a story using multiple, ambiguous, and unreliable points of view--at least not in literature, though maybe this was one of the first times it made it to cinema.  And the "hopeful" ending with the baby is another one of those "make it hopeful at the last minute and cure all" pitfalls that never quite works and tends to lessen the story.  And even though the movie is a bit too slow and even often boring for my tastes, it's entertaining enough for the most part and I can certainly see why it's often emulated. B

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