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How Kurosawa and Fassbinder Expanded Parameters of Cinema By Sherry Chen for #3 Film is not just a form of entertainment that has a story and sound to create an illusion of movement through sequence of images. It does not just reflect the beliefs of one culture, nor teach audience how to look. Through two film makers Kurosawa and Fassbinder in their films Rashomon and The Marriage of Maria Braun, which reveals their ambition to push the boundaries of conventional beliefs in humanities, female roles, system of looks, in western Hollywood films, and film techniques, they proved their ability to expand the parameters of cinema. Both filmmakers succeeded in expanding people’s views on humanities. Fassbinder took a much more positive side of humanity, highlighting Maria’s unchanged love for Hermann regardless of her husband’s departure to Canada or years in prison. Her love remains the same through different political regimes: Nazism, the American occupations, and Bundes republic (Rheuban10) Kurosawa, on the other hand, provides a much more negative side of humanity when the priest accused the woodcutter for taking away the baby’s clothes when he volunteered to take care him. The characteristics of female characters are fully examined and explored in both Marriage of Maria Braun and Rashomon in extreme directions . In Fassbinder’s melodrama, called women’s films, women have major roles and are the main subject of matters. For example, Maria asks Bill to dance and refuses to give herself fully to Bill or Oswald, claiming that their relationship depends only on her mood. Rather than having
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the female character raped in Kurosawa’s film, Maria says “I’m having affair with you,” to demonstrate that it is her decision to begin this affair. Comparing with Fassinder’s active woman character, Kurosawa’s Rashomon have a much more passive female protagonist whose destiny depends on the two men in all four short stories (Russell 6). For example, in the first story through the bandit’s perspective, the women is so physically and mentally weak that she is eventually willing to be “seduced” by the bandit. In the second story through the wife’s perspective, she is
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2010 for the course CTCS 201 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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