A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness - PosterA Page of Madness (1926) or Kurutta Ippeiji is a silent film by Japanese film director Kinugasa Teinosuke. It was lost for fifty years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in a shed in 1971. Every generation has turned out a handful of directors whose work has broken the mould to go far beyond the standards set by their contemporaries. One of the first of these was Teinosuke Kinugasa, who all the way back in the 1920s was busily familiarising himself with developments in European cinema. He became the first director in Japan to realise his ambition of treating cinema as a distinct art form in its own right, divorced from the commercial concerns of the new mass-audience medium.

Based on a treatment by the later 1968 Nobel Prize winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata, A Page of Madness seems a far cry from the standard theatrically derived Kabuki adaptations produced at the time. It’s a simple story of a retired sailor who has taken a job as a janitor in an asylum to look after his insane wife; however a synopsis of the plot can’t begin to explain the power of the film, nor the audacity of its cinematic vision.

Location/Venue:   Trinity College Dublin, College Chapel on front square
Date – March 16th
Time:  Early doors 6.00pm / 6.15pm start
Tickets – €14 / 10 Concessions Available

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In this context, Dracula (Browning 1931) belongs to the transitional period between silent and sound films. Dracula’s original soundtrack consists of only a few sonic elements: dialogue and incidental sound effects. Music is used only at the beginning and in the middle (one diegetic scene) of the film; there is no underscoring. The reasons for the ‘emptiness’ of the soundtrack are partly technological, partly cultural.

However Dracula remains a significant cinematic event. The music for this presentation Dracula is an attempt to “revoice” this cinematic curiosity. To that end, this new contemporary score will be sensitive to the original sound design and through careful placement, will become part of a larger, contextual composition. This creative approach explores the potential convergence of film sound and music, and for creating additional meaning beyond what we merely see on the screen. Our intention is to amplify, through musical and sonic means, the atmosphere of melancholy and dread that pervades Browning’s adaptation of Stoker’s masterpiece.

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