By David Zou
Many books have been written about structure in filmmaking and how to build a story. Many filmmakers follow such structures and make great films. Then there are those that throw such structures out the window and make up their own rules. They take a risk and it works out. Some of these films became instant classics, while others received a polarised reaction upon release but have since gone on to gain critical acclaim.
Unlike more straightforward movies that have hidden meanings, these movies are intentionally ambiguous and so dense that they contain multiple interpretations and thus many require multiple viewings.
As each reader will have had a different thoughts on what these films mean and signify, it would be very difficult to rank them on a scale of how good they are. Therefore, these films are ranked in chronological order and spoilers have been avoided where possible.
1. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
It is well known that before filming began, Akira Kurosawa’s three assistant directors came up to him and told him that they did not understand the screenplay. “If you read it diligently,” Kurosawa told them, “you should be able to understand it, because it was written with the intention of being comprehensible.”
Rashomon’s plot follows the story of the murder of a samurai and the rape of his wife in the woods of historical Japan. Told from four different perspectives of The Bandit, The Samurai, The Wife and The Woodcutter, each of the four accounts end up being conflicting and contradictory to the other.
Shot in black and white using natural light, Director of Photography Kazuo Miyagawa crafts images draped in light and shadows which hark back memories to the age of silent cinema.
Receiving mixed reviews in Japan, the film went on to win the Golden Lion at the → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema