Friday, February 13, 2015

A Page Of Madness

Difficult to follow, A Page Of Madness is a silent, avant-garde Japanese film that was presumed lost for 45 years. Missing approximately a third of its length and having no narration or intertitles, the story of a janitor who works at the asylum where his wife is a patient jumps around amidst startling and disorienting scenes of inmates dancing, running, and being restrained. Featuring dramatic, Expressionistic camera angles, multiple exposures, and various editing and photographic effects, the overall film is disturbing, quite beautiful, but impenetrable.

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