Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1950, 90 min.). Who can we trust in this film? The only fact we know for certain is that a samurai has been murdered and his wife raped, but how or why remains open for debate. The nonlinear and contradictory narrative broke new ground in filmmaking, and the title alone speaks to the impact of the film, as the phrase “Rashomon effect” has entered the English lexicon to describe the subjectivity of witnesses. A profound examination of the human condition, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.