A PAGE OF MADNESS
aka 狂った一頁 Kurutta Ippēji or Kurutta Ichipeiji
Dir. by Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926
58 min, Japan
TWO DIFFERENT BANDS / SCORE THE SAME MOVIE
SILVER PROCESS VS. members of ROSA APÁTRIDA
WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH – 8PM & 10PM
Our live scores to silent movies are some of the most amazing things we do and have done. This time we’re doing something different: two bands, one at 8pm and one at 10pm, each scoring the same movie!
A Page of Madness is a silent experimental film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926. It was lost for fifty years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971. The film is the product of an avant garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (or School of New Perceptions) who tried to overcome naturalistic representation. Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film’s screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawada, and Minoru Inuzuka.
The film takes place in an asylum. Although cut together in an ever maddening maelstrom, the film loosely tells the story of the janitor of the asylum. His wife is one of the patients. One day their daughter shows up at the asylum to tell her mother about her engagement. This sets off a number of subplots and flashbacks which stitch together the family history (for instance, why the mother is a patient and why the daughter is unaware of her father’s job as a janitor).
The film does not contain intertitles, making it difficult to follow for audiences today. The print existing today is missing nearly a third of what was shown in theaters in 1926. Showings in 1920s Japan would have included live narration by a storyteller or benshi (弁士) as well as musical accompaniment. The famous benshi Musei Tokugawa narrated the film at the Musashinokan theater in Shinjuku in Tokyo.
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