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Old 03-15-04, 09:20 PM
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Rashomon Storytelling - do you feel ripped off?

In movies where the story is told from different points of view and maybe only 1 POV turns out to be correct do you feel ripped off? Its kinda like, why did you waste our time with this? What's your opinion?
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Only if they're done right. I thought Courage under Fire did a pretty good job with it.
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Most definitely not. I love trying to pick which is correct, if any.
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Usually its a waste of time - most recent examples being that John Travolta film and He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.

I love Rashomon though.
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Rashomon is brilliant. Even if only one view is true, people honestly can see the same event but remember it wildly differently from each other or from how the actual event happened. To them, their version really IS how it happened, regardless of the facts of the situation.
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I think whether I feel ripped off has more to do w/ the story and the storyteller (writer/director) than the use of this storytelling method.
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Originally posted by Suprmallet
Rashomon is brilliant. Even if only one view is true, people honestly can see the same event but remember it wildly differently from each other or from how the actual event happened. To them, their version really IS how it happened, regardless of the facts of the situation.
I absolutely agree. The idea that perspective drives their version of reality is one of the aspects of the movie that I enjoy the most.
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Nope, I love Roshomon. If it's done correctly, the different POVs can be fun as you try to figure out who's telling the "truth."
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No, don't feel ripped off at all. You're not watching the same story 3 times, you're watching 3 different stories. That's the point.
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Originally posted by lisadoris
...the different POVs can be fun as you try to figure out who's telling the "truth."
In this case, no one was however.
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No, it's merely a narrative device. I feel 'ripped off' by bad movies, so if it's used poorly, sure, I feel ripped off, but if it's used well, that's fine.

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