Sounds of Cinema
Kurutta ippêji [A Page of Madness] featuring Sumatran Black

Salt Beyoğlu

April 28, 2018 18.00 – 19.20

Pageofmadness 1926 <i>Kurutta ippêji</i> [Deliliğin Hizmetinde] (1926) filminden bir kare
Still from Kurutta ippêji [A Page of Madness] (1926)
Walk-in Cinema

Kurutta ippêji [A Page of Madness] (1926)
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Silent film, 78 minutes

After a woman is institutionalized for the attempted murder of her own son, desperate to be with his wife, the husband begins work as a janitor in the same mental asylum. This surreal film is a product of an avant-garde group of Japanese artists known as the Shinkankakuha [School of New Perceptions]. Both a leading member of the group and one of the four screenwriters, Yasunari Kawabata would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, becoming Japan’s first Nobel Prize recipient. Lost for forty-five years, the film was rediscovered by Kinugasa in his garden storehouse in 1971.

As the film had no original sound, to decorate the story and characters, a local cabaret along with traditional “benshi” performers would accompany the film during its screenings. This time in the Walk-in Cinema, it will be screened along with Sumatran Black’s music, that is encouraged to be enjoyed while walking at night or lying down in darkness.

Organized in collaboration between SALT and Fol, the program Sounds of Cinema is free and open to all. The film is shown as the original data provided by the distributor.