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By Aaron Gerow

ISBN-10: 1929280513

ISBN-13: 9781929280513

ISBN-10: 1929280521

ISBN-13: 9781929280520

Michigan Monograph sequence in eastern stories No. 64

 

Kinugasa Teinosuke’s 1926 movie, A web page of insanity (Kurutta ichipeiji), is well known as one of many masterpieces of silent cinema. It was once an independently produced, experimental, avant-garde paintings from Japan whose impressive use of cinematic approach was once equivalent to if now not more desirable to that of up to date eu cinema. these learning Japan, targeting 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 distinctiveness of prewar eastern movie culture.

 

But is that this movie quite what it kind of feels to be? utilizing meticulous learn at the film’s construction, distribution, exhibition, and reception, in addition to shut research of the film’s capturing script and taking pictures notes lately made to be had, Aaron Gerow attracts a brand new photograph of this advanced paintings, one revealing a movie divided among scan 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 varied 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 satirically discovered within the incontrovertible 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 reports and taking pictures notes for scenes lacking from the present print, Gerow’s booklet 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 eastern society and modernity.

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