Rashomon ★★★★

Whenever there’s a story within a story in a movie, I think people overlook the importance of the first story (see The Princess Bride, where the first story is so flat and uninspired that it ruins a lot of potential for deeper meaning about how much silly stories with silly heroes entertains and influences people from a young age until they are old...and nobody ever brings that story-layer up in their praises [at least in my experience]).

Rashomon is more interesting than the average story-within-story ?genre? ... because it’s four stories within a story within a story (it’s even more complicated than that suggests). And they’re all pretty interesting, although some things are clunky.

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