By Aaron Gerow

Michigan Monograph sequence in eastern experiences No. 64

 

Kinugasa Teinosuke’s 1926 movie, A web page of insanity (Kurutta ichipeiji), is widely known as one of many masterpieces of silent cinema. It was once an independently produced, experimental, avant-garde paintings from Japan whose extraordinary use of cinematic procedure was once equivalent to if now not improved to that of latest eu cinema. these learning Japan, targeting the primary involvement of such writers as Yokomitsu Riichi and the Nobel Prize winner Kawabata Yasunari, have visible it as a pillar of the shut dating within the Taisho period among movie and inventive modernism, in addition to a marker of the individuality of prewar eastern movie culture.

 

But is that this movie rather what it sort of feels to be? utilizing meticulous study at the film’s construction, distribution, exhibition, and reception, in addition to shut research of the film’s taking pictures script and capturing notes lately made to be had, Aaron Gerow attracts a brand new photo of this complicated paintings, one revealing a movie divided among scan and conference, modernism and melodrama, the picture and the note, cinema and literature, conflicts that play out within the tale and constitution of the movie and its context. those diverse models of A web page of insanity have been built on the time in various interpretations of a movie essentially approximately differing perceptions and conflicting worlds, and sarcastically discovered within the undeniable fact that the movie that exists this present day isn't the one initially published. together with an in depth research of the movie and translations of latest reports and capturing notes for scenes lacking from the present print, Gerow’s publication deals provocative perception into the interesting movie A web page of insanity was—and nonetheless is—and into the struggles over this paintings that attempted to articulate where of cinema in jap society and modernity.

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