Irreconcilable Realities, an Essay Written by Aaron M. Kenrner

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While analyzing Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon in the essay, “Irreconcilable Realities”, Aaron M. Kerner writes, “The substance of the film hinges on what is irreconcilable, and “resolving” the narrative would run contrary to the film’s central concern.” In this quote, Kerner is addressing the fact that the film does not have a conclusion where the audience knows the truth about the characters in the film. Rashomon instead addresses the natures of reality and real life through his filming of this unusual mystery story. He addresses storytelling through the eyes of different characters and shows how the different points of view can have a major impact on the telling of the story. By telling the story this way the film creates a commentary on …show more content…
While analyzing Kurosawa Akira’s Rashomon in the essay, “Irreconcilable Realities”, Aaron M. Kerner writes, “The substance of the film hinges on what is irreconcilable, and “resolving” the narrative would run contrary to the film’s central concern.” In this quote, Kerner is addressing the fact that the film does not have a conclusion where the audience knows the truth about the characters in the film. Rashomon instead addresses the natures of reality and real life through his filming of this unusual mystery story. He addresses storytelling through the eyes of different characters and shows how the different points of view can have a major impact on the telling of the story. By telling the story this way the film creates a commentary on society, but also comments on cinema. By showing that each character can participate in the same story, but retell the story differently with different outcomes, Kurosawa acknowledges that cinema is also a way of storytelling. Each member of the audience reads the characters differently due to their different backgrounds. The audience member is always participating and making meaning of the film, but they come to different conclusions based on their personalities. Therefore, the film’s “central concern” is acknowledging that stories are affected by the background of the storyteller. By “’resolving’ the narrative” Kurosawa would not only contradict the film’s main point, it would completely destroy it. To resolve the story, Kurosawa would have

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