Rashoman and Memento.
Is this a film about memory, imagination, lying?
Who is most trustworthy and why?
Each character wants to take responsibility; each reads the motives
of the others differently.
- Structure of the film is narrations inside narrations:
- A. the film itself
- 1. the woodcutter tells the stories of the testimonies (and his
- a. Tajomaru tells his story
- b. the Woman tells her story
- c. the Medium tells the Man's story
- 2. The woodcutter tells a different story.
Tajomaru says "blame the wind."
Tajomaru says the Woman loves him, and that she orchestrates the
murder of the husband ("To have two men know my shame is impossible.")
- The Woman says the Man forsakes her and that in a rage, she
- The Man says the Woman forsakes Him, and he kills himself as a
- The woodcutter claims the Man forsakes the Woman, the Woman
forsakes the Man and Tajomaru, and the two men fight to the
death. But the woodcutter is self-interested, and has already
told a different story to the court.
An article relating the structure of the film in detail is avaible at
Some aspects of the film
- film plays "backwards"
- actually only the beginning is backwards. the rest is simply
five minute chunks that precede each other in time.
- color vs. black and white
- the 'system'
- polaroids, notes, documents, tatoos
- Sammy Jankis:
- mental or physical ilness?
- faking, lying, or real?
- who is Sammy Jankis?
- Is Leonard in the asylum? an escapee?
- Who manipulates who? Why is Leonard perfect for this?
- grief and vengence
- consider Leonard in light of Carruthers' explanation of
memory. What parts are 'inventory' and what parts
res? For someone who sets himself up to kill
someone who has just told him that he has already achieved
vengeance, what kind of 'imagination' is necessary? Is it