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4th Dec 2020, 5:00 PM in (Interlude) Shaggy Dog Stories
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Scott D. 4th Dec 2020, 5:00 PM
Scott D.
We already saw in the last depiction of this story that the masked dog struck Adrienne on the back of the head with a rock, causing her to lose her balance and fall down the cliff. Here, that detail is conspicuously absent. What do you think of stories where the details change, being either contradictory or subjective or skewed on purpose to serve the needs of the teller? Akira Kurosawa's Rashōmon (1950) is of course the classic example of this, to the point that the phenomenon is named after it. Citizen Kane (1941), The Woman in Question (1950), The Usual Suspects (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), Hero (2002), and Gone Girl (2014) are also fine examples of this in cinema, some of which even predate or are close contemporaries of Kurosawa's work. Do you have any favourite stories that play with perceptions by employing the “Rashōmon Effect”?
—Scott D.

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Comments:

Danny McLimmon 4th Dec 2020, 6:05 PM
Danny McLimmon
From television, there's a funny episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show called "The Night the Roof Fell In," and it uses the "differing accounts" technique to great humorous effect.
NeilKapit 5th Dec 2020, 6:27 AM
NeilKapit
Another mystery dog added to the mix?!
Scott D. 6th Dec 2020, 6:59 AM
Scott D.
Oh, don't worry too much. This one's slipped in once or twice before.
The Ricktator 5th Dec 2020, 8:20 PM
When you think about it the Ace Attorney series basically runs on that style of story with the protagonist having to sift through it all to find the truth
logansryche 9th Dec 2020, 10:28 AM
I'm here for the art and story, both of which are really good - but you knew that already ^_^