This is a set of compositions made for the live performance of an old Japanese silent film, "A Page of Madness".
Listen to the entire set here: soundcloud.com/encym/sets/a-page-of-madness-score
More about the Film…
'A PAGE OF MADNESS', silent film by Japanese director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926.
It was thought to be lost for nearly 50 years until it was discovered in a shed during the 1970s.
The film was written with Yasunari Kawabata, who became the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Set inside an insane asylum, A Page of Madness hails from the School of New Perceptions (of which Kawabata was a founding member), favoring avant-garde experimentation over naturalism.
Kinugasa's self-financed landmark production narrates the story of a retired sailor who has taken a job as a janitor in a lunatic asylum to look after his insane wife, locked away after attempting to drown their child, a synopsis of the plot can't begin to explain the power of the film, nor the audacity of its vision.
A stunning invocation of the world as viewed by the mentally ill, within minutes, as the rapid montage of the opening storm sequences dissolves into the surrealistic fantasy of the sailor's wife dressed in an exotic costume dancing in front of an art-deco inspired backdrop featuring a large spinning ball flanked by ornate fountains.
A Page of Madness bowls you over with a barrage of startling images utilising every technique known to filmmakers of the time. Even now, Kinugasa's film seems as fresh as a daisy and when seen on the big screen, as eye-popping an experience as anything you're likely to see released nowadays.