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Rashomon

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Rashomon

Elaine Newton's Reel Stories
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning


The movie to be screened for this lecture will be Rashomon (1950; Academy Honorary Award, 1952). The film will be presented in full following Elaine’s brief introduction.


Now considered one of the greatest films ever made, Akira Kurosawa's Rashamon is a riveting psychological thriller. Four eye witnesses—the bandit, the samurai, his wife and the woodcutter—give their accounts of a murder and rape in graphic flashbacks. Their stories differ enormously. Each of the accounts is an honest, if self-serving, statement of what each witness believes has happened.

With stylized acting and several expressive, but silent, sequences, each contradictory version provides a plausible but incompatible story. The viewer is forever left with such questions as: Where is the truth?  What is reality? How can veracity be deciphered?


Languages of Art  This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Languages of Art.

Elaine Newton

Elaine Newton


Elaine Newton, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University, Toronto, Canada. She has taught courses in literary theory and methodology, contemporary fiction, psychology and literature and archetypal criticism. Professor Newton was one of the founders of York University’s Advising Program and its much-emulated Faculty of Education. She is a recipient of the province of Ontario’s Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in university teaching and in 1984 received a citation as Toronto’s Outstanding Professor. In 1996 she was the recipient of the university-wide Teaching Award. She has held appointments as professor of literature at Carlton University, Ottawa; University of Cape Town, South Africa; University of Sydney, Australia; Victoria University and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has lectured throughout Canada and the US, London, Hong Kong, Zurich and Caracas. In 1992 she was a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea.

For over 40 years she has planned and conducted adult education courses throughout North America. This is the 26th year that she has presented our literature series Critic’s Choice and the 20th year she has presented Four O’clock at the Movies. She also initiated and taught, for 11 years, the pioneering Artis—Naples seminar discussion program The Questers. Newton has worked as a book critic for Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, been a special consultant to the Ontario Library Association, led movie and theater discussions and served as a consultant to the North York Board of Education. She continues to conduct an annual lecture series at the Toronto Public Library and leads summer tours to Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake Theatre Festivals. Professor Newton has served as a programming resource specialist for Chapters (Canada) and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio.

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