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 used to be an independently produced, experimental, avant-garde paintings from Japan whose terrific use of cinematic strategy used to be equivalent to if no longer improved to that of up to date ecu cinema. these learning Japan, targeting the primary involvement of such writers as Yokomitsu Riichi and the Nobel Prize winner Kawabata Yasunari, have obvious it as a pillar of the shut courting within the Taisho period among movie and inventive modernism, in addition to a marker of the individuality of prewar jap movie culture.

 

But is that this movie relatively 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 capturing script and capturing notes lately made to be had, Aaron Gerow attracts a brand new photo of this advanced paintings, one revealing a movie divided among test and conference, modernism and melodrama, the picture and the observe, cinema and literature, conflicts that play out within the tale and constitution of the movie and its context. those various 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 indisputable fact that the movie that exists this present day isn't the one initially published. together with a close research of the movie and translations of latest studies and capturing notes for scenes lacking from the present print, Gerow’s e-book deals provocative perception into the attention-grabbing 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 eastern society and modernity.

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