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By Aaron Gerow

ISBN-10: 1929280513

ISBN-13: 9781929280513

ISBN-10: 1929280521

ISBN-13: 9781929280520

Michigan Monograph sequence in jap 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 incredible use of cinematic approach used to be equivalent to if now not more advantageous 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 courting within the Taisho period among movie and creative modernism, in addition to a marker of the individuality of prewar eastern movie culture.


But is that this movie particularly what it sort 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 capturing notes lately made on hand, Aaron Gerow attracts a brand new photograph of this complicated paintings, one revealing a movie divided among scan 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 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 satirically learned within the proven 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 up to date experiences and taking pictures notes for scenes lacking from the present print, Gerow’s ebook bargains 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 jap society and modernity.

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