Film Rashomon Reflection

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Using at least one other text from the readings(which is Yoshida Ozu, I posted below). Using correct MLA style formatting. 500-700 words.

Write an essay
analyzing a particular scene of Rashomon of your choice. In your essay, discuss how the scene conveys meaning
through the following three levels that we discussed in the lecture on introductory media theory
(the syntactical level, the representational level, and the symbolic level). Identify what your chosen
scene is trying to convey in relation to the film’s larger narrative or its particular political or moral
message.

Make sure to answer most questions of Pre-writing exercise 1(I posted below).

Here is the film Rashomon link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwR2kVOcwNI


Sample essay: in writing about A Page of Madness, you might think about the scene we re- watched
in class, where the janitor and the daughter approach the janitor’s wife outside. If we take stills
from this scene, we may pick up how the vertical barrier of a tree (which juxtaposes the vertical
barriers of the bars enclosing the cells where the patients are kept) separates the “sane” from the
“insane” and how that barrier is blurred, and crossed over altogether. Using our reading of
montage, we may examine how the film uses double exposure, blurring, and other effects to distort
the moving image on screen. This attention thus allows us to speculate what A Page of Madness is
trying to communicate to its audiences about the increasingly porous separation between madness
and sanity. If we are made uncomfortable by this scene, and the larger narrative of the film, it may
be because the film is trying to distort our sense of this separation between ourselves and the
patients that are initially coded as “other.” Here, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer’s writings on
hysteria alongside Jean Martin Charcot’s images of hysterics may open up the historical and
sociocultural commentary of Kinugasa’s film to a broader discussion about perception and how
cinema, as a narrative form, distorts how we envision the relationship between self and other.
And so forth.

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