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Whatever the achievements and shortcomings of the recent film, Pearl Harbor, it has brought our attention back to several important points. First, the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor continues to be a significant presence in American historical consciousness. Second, the wartime propaganda message of a peaceful nation and people shocked into war by a treacherous, unprovoked “sneak attack” still lingers alongside the postwar scholarly interpretations of the complex causes of the war, now from...

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Rashomon Revisited

When the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa died on September 6, 1998, the Venice Film Festival honored him with a commemorative showing of Rashomon, the film that in 1951 won the Golden Lion Award and brought Japanese film and particularly the films of Kurosawa to continuing worldwide acclaim. Upon his death, tributes poured in from other film directors such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg, calling Kurosawa “the pictorial Shakespeare of our time.” Now with retrospe...