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By Aaron Gerow

Michigan Monograph sequence in eastern stories 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 significant use of cinematic strategy was once equivalent to if no longer greater to that of up to date ecu cinema. these learning Japan, concentrating on the vital involvement of such writers as Yokomitsu Riichi and the Nobel Prize winner Kawabata Yasunari, have obvious 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 jap movie culture.


But is that this movie fairly what it kind of feels to be? utilizing meticulous study at the film’s creation, distribution, exhibition, and reception, in addition to shut research of the film’s taking pictures script and taking pictures notes lately made to be had, Aaron Gerow attracts a brand new photograph of this complicated paintings, one revealing a movie divided among test and conference, modernism and melodrama, the picture and the notice, cinema and literature, conflicts that play out within the tale and constitution of the movie and its context. those assorted models of A web page of insanity have been constructed on the time in various interpretations of a movie essentially approximately differing perceptions and conflicting worlds, and sarcastically learned within the undeniable fact that the movie that exists at the present time isn't the one initially published. together with an in depth research of the movie and translations of latest studies and capturing notes for scenes lacking from the present print, Gerow’s publication bargains 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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