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Making Theater: Rashomon A Play Is Born

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Artist: Rashomon - A Play Is born

This DVD documentary, Making Theater: Rashomon – A Play Is Born, is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Theater, and is the last of the acclaimed “making of” trilogy, which includes Making Ballet and Making Opera.

 

At first, it all seems rather straightforward. A man is dead and a woman has been raped. An eyewitness has come forward and a suspect arrested. Justice is apparently near until the character’s individual recollections of the incident begin to unfold. As the various accounts that make up “Rashomon” are told, it becomes increasingly apparent that what had seemed a clear-cut case is really no such thing.

 

Similarly, watching MAKING THEATER: Rashomon, one is made increasingly aware of the complexities that so often lie beneath the surface of any artistic endevour. Alternating between rehearsals and the final performance of the classic Japanese “I-Dunnit,” this film is at once both the portrait, and the agent of a revolution. As the actors (of the renowned Shaw Festival Repertory Company, under the benevolent dictatorship of master-director Neil Munro) come to understand their roles, the viewer comes to appreciate the intricate, mysterious, and laborious creative process, at the end of which A Play Is Born.

 

Rashomon came into the world’s consciousness in 1951 when legendary director Akira Kurosawa created the film that spread the influence of Japanese cinema into the western world. The screenplay, adapted by Kurosawa, was based on two short stories entitled In The Grove and Rashomon, written in the early 1900s by Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The lasting influence of the story can be found throughout Western culture today. From the variety of remakes and new interpretations, most notably the Paul Newman Western The Outrage, even audiences unfamiliar with the original film and story have come to understand the themes of the illusion of indisputable fact and the shortcomings of memory in the search for an absolute.

 

Produced by the award-winning director Anthony Azzopardi and the third film in a highly acclaimed trilogy that includes Making Opera and Making Ballet, this dramatic DVD documentary, Making Theater: Rashomon – A Play Is Born, is as riveting as it is insightful, capturing the essence of theater and providing a revealing look into the creative process.



DVD Bonus Features:
  • Filmmaker Anthony Azzopardi biography
  • About Rashomon
  • About the Shaw Festival
  • Multi-Directional Interactive Menus
  • Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
  • Over 35 Scene Selections
  • Recommended DVDs
    (96 minutes, plus Multiple Bonus Features)

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