Movie notes


Movie Notes: Rashomon

1) Who is responsible for killing the Samurai and what is your evidence? (3 pts)

2) How many different versions of the story do we hear and who tells them? (3 pts)

3) Named for this film, the “Rashomon Effect” refers to a narrative device in which the audience is presented with contradictory accounts of the same event . What does using the Rashomon effect to tell the story reveal to us about the characters in this film? (3 pts)

4) Give an example of how the weather or nature plays an important/symbolic role in a scene. (3 pts)

5) Where do we see an example of “Heroic Humanism” (where a character curbs selfish behavior for the benefit of others) in the film? (3 pts)

Movie Notes: Sunset Boulevard

6) How is this film typical of Noir? Provide an example from the film. (3 pts.)

7) Where does it differ from traditional hardboiled stories? Provide an example from the story. (3 pts.)

8) Why do you think the film received a controversial reception from Hollywood bigwig Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM, who criticized Billy Wilder saying, “You have disgraced the industry that made and fed you! You should be tarred and feathered and run out of Hollywood!” upon watching the film? (3 pts.)

9) What do you think Wilder wants us to takeaway from this film? Provide analysis from the film? (3 pts.

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