so my mom and i were watching a tv show called “leverage” a couple of weeks ago and the episode was about how 4 of the 5 lead characters tried to steal a priceless dagger. the ep, called “the rashomon job,” had the different characters talking about the heist from their own point of view. mom asked me about the significance of the title and i began telling her about this famous japanese movie and its deliberation on subjective reality. … and then i realized something. i’d never actually seen the movie!
it’s strange, isn’t it, how some movies have become such a part of pop culture that almost everybody knows about them without ever seeing a clip? take “rashomon” for instance … i knew it was considered one of akira kurosawa’s masterpieces … it’s the film that, arguably, introduced western audiences to japanese filmmaking … that it’s about 4 individuals’ differing versions of the same story … that it delves into the subjectivity of truth. BUT until a couple of night ago, i had never seen it (though i had read the book it’s partly based on in college).
anyway, that got me thinking of other classic movies i’m familiar with but have actually never seen — “lawrence of arabia,” “citizen kane” (tried to watch it once but fell asleep), “gone with the wind” and — would you believe? — the “godfather” trilogy. i plan to rectify the situation soon; i actually own the first three on DVD and my parents have the “godfather” trilogy in NJ.