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Rashomon Revisited

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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 retrospectives of his lifetime work of thirty films appearing in art theaters, at universities, and on television, classroom teachers have the opportunity to rediscover and teach some of these film masterpieces to a new generation of students.

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