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Lecture 6

FS280 Lecture 6: FS280Roshomon

3 pages47 viewsFall 2016

Department
Film Studies
Course Code
FS280
Professor
Sandra Annett
Lecture
6

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Rashomon Effect
FS280
Mid Term
-key concepts of all readings so far
-directors, titles, years of release for all films studied, including silent short films
-narrative/visual examples from films
-Format: 1) multiple choice/fill in the blank (10x 2 points) 2) short answer questions
with film examples 3) identify and describe audience research techniques (gallup poll,
reception theory) - name and steps on how to
What is the roshomon effect?
-usually defined as different perspectives on the same thing - too simplified
Theorizing the Rashomon Effect
-hall “polysemy (single sign has many meanings) must not however, be confused with
pluralism”
-through multiple interpretations exist, not all interpretations are possible/valid; there
are limits!
-“if there were no limits, audience could simply read whatever they liked into any
message”
-audiences cant just make up their responses they base them on lists found in the
narrative and the films production background
Limits for audiences
Limit 1: set in twelfth century Japan
-Limits narrative (eg. no police investigation through fingerprints or puncture analysis)
-Limits 21st century Canadian understanding
Limit 2: Made in Japan in 1950
-limits discourses through which the film was originally received vs today (eg. Not
much feminism or criticism of rape in 50s Japan)
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