At first, it all seems rather straightforward. A man is dead and a woman has been raped. An eyewitness has come forward and a suspect arrested. Justice is apparently near at hand until the character's individual recollections of the incident begin to unfold.
As the various accounts that make up Rashomon are told it becomes increasingly clear that what had seemed a clear-cut case is really no such thing. Similarly, watching MAKING THEATER: RASHOMON, one is made increasingly aware of the complexities that so often lie beneath the surface. Alternating between rehearsals and performances of the Japanese "I-Dunnit", this film is at once the portrait, and the agent, of a revolution. As the actors (of the renowned Shaw Festival Repertory Company, under the benevolent dictatorship of master-Director Neil Munro) come to understand their roles, the viewer comes to appreciate the intricate, mysterious, and laborious creative process, at the end of which "a play is born".
The third part of a highly acclaimed trilogy that includes Making Opera and Making Ballet, MAKING THEATER is a fitting addition to the V.I.E.W. DVD Collection of quality arts, music and special interest programs. Produced by the award-winning Director Anthony Azzopardi, this dramatic documentary is as riveting as it is insightful, capturing and incorporating the essence of dramatic art.