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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Akira Kurosawa Masterpiece 'Rashomon'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 9, 2013 at 11:00AM

Akira Kurosawa Week is rolling right along at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Kurosawa's 1950 masterpiece "Rashomon."
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Toshiro Mifune in "Rashomon"
Toshiro Mifune in "Rashomon"

Akira Kurosawa Week is rolling right along at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Kurosawa's 1950 masterpiece "Rashomon."

Rasho-mon is the name of the gate to the city of Kyoto, the medieval setting of the film that brought director Akira Kurosawa to international recognition. Despite daily battles with his unsympathetic studio backers, he produced a worldwide hit that rejuvenated Japanese cinema on the world stage, although it was less appreciated domestically. The concept of the unreliable narrator as it relates to the real nature of truth was not appreciated by Kurosawa's peers, nor was his introduction of multi-camera coverage.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.