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Oct 1

Alloy Orchestra scores A Page of Madness

Dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa Japan 70 min Not Rated

1926

Silent

Alloy Orchestra scores A Page of Madness

The brilliant trio Alloy Orchestra returns to the Ruth Sokolof Theater for a live musical performance set to A PAGE OF MADNESS, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s landmark of Japanese horror.

A PAGE OF MADNESS is a relentlessly strange experimental spectacle that bewildered Japanese audiences on release in 1926. Though the film consists mostly of chilling visions of mental unwellness, the story centers on a man who begins work at a mental asylum so he can plot his wife’s escape from that same institution. Remarkably, its auteur was reputedly unversed in Western film, which already included abstract spookies like THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, and instead was working from his own darkly disjointed vision. Fascinatingly, though Kinusaga went on to become a pillar of mainstream Japanese cinema (even bringing home the Palme d’Or from Cannes in 1954), his bizarre horror masterpiece was thought lost for decades until the director himself uncovered a print in his storehouse.

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