By Steven Suskin
23 Dec 2012
With 2013 fast approaching, we cast an eye upon the stack of unwatched (or partially watched) 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases. We will save some for January, but otherwise now clear the decks in time for you to deck your halls with discs. Those which interest you, at least. So herewith are a clutch of films, some of which really do deserve more space than we have for them.
Like an assortment of items from the Criterion Collection, headed by Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon. This 1950 film won two major awards at the 1951 Venice Film Festival, becoming the first Japanese movie to achieve international acclaim — including an Academy Honorary Award as the best foreign film of the year. (In 1956, this became a category in its own right.) "Rashomon" is stark and riveting; it is also notable for being one of the few films to find its way into the psychological casebook (as "the Rashomon effect"). The film recounts a violent murder, with four participants offering contradictory eyewitness accounts. Between Kurosawa's intriguing storytelling, the strong performances (led by the riveting Toshiro Mifune), and the startling cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa, "Rashomon" launched Japanese film into the western world and instantly established Kurosawa as a major force.
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