Bayou City Music and Film Festival Benshi Performance: Page of Madness
A Page of Madness is a 1926 silent film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa. It was lost for 45 years until it was rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971. The film is the product of an avant-garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (School of New Perceptions), who tried to overcome naturalistic representation.
Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film's screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawad, and Minoru Inuzuka.
The film takes place in an asylum. Although cut together in an ever maddening maelstrom, the film loosely tells the story of the janitor of the asylum. His wife is one of the patients.
This Benshi show features some of the top experimental musicians in America — Henry Kaiser, Dok Gregory and Damon Smith.