Episode 38 – Rashomon (w. Amber Elby)

Charlie, Adam and Amber Elby all play the guest AND host role to talk about Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 narrative game-changer Rashomon. We discuss the beautiful cinematography, the shifting perspectives of the story, and the creepy-as-hell ghost medium. But is there any one true interpretation of Rashomon? Yes, duh! Take a listen if you want to know what REALLY happened…


Amber Elby’s new book Double Double Toil will be available October 1st, but you can get the first novel in the Netherfeld Trilogy series Cauldron’s Bubble on Amazon right now!

Here’s a little Wikipedia for you about the very excellent video game Deus Ex.

Charlie admits to watching Rashomon on an iPad. Sometimes you’re busy on the go and can’t get in front of your flatscreen. Charlie’s pretty sure if he could summon Akira Kurosawa via ghost medium, the famed director would forgive him.

If you’re interested in knowing Donald Ritchie’s taste in film, here’s his part of the 2002 Sight and Sound list.

And as it turns out, Shakespeare IS big in Japan!

If you want the watch The Tale as Charlie suggests, it’s also available to stream on Amazon if you can’t see it on HBO.

Here is the episode of The Gobeski/Wallace Report where Adam interviews Charlie about Cinematic Respect. Learn how the sausage gets made!!

Things We Reference:

The Tale (2018)

Throne of Blood (1957)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Quills (2000)

Metropolis (1927)

“Battlestar Galactica” (2004)

Yojimbo (1961)