Kinugasa’s film A Page of Madness (Une page folle in French) dives into the world of the Japanese avant-garde of the 1920s. This film remains an unidentified moving object in history, evoking Dada and surrealism, psychoanalysis, and the "neo-sensationism" of the time. The plot, of which one of the authors is the young Kawabata, takes place in an asylum; several scenes borrow from choreography and from mask theater. The mastery of editing and cinematographic techniques - fades, overprints, distortions - inspires the young Japanese composer, Mayu Hirano. She composes both the sounds of the film and electronics based on an instrumental trio while introducing the song of Noh, for the end of this mad page.
Une page folle, film by Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926 (restored version)
Film 35mm, black and white, silent, 67 minutes
Gift from the Society of Japanese Friends of Centre Pompidou, 2019
Music by Mayu Hirano – premiere 2021
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou
Dionysios Papanicolaou IRCAM computer-music design
An IRCAM /Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Pompidou coproduction. With the support of the Sacem.
Une page folle is also present in the Festival de l'histoire de l'art
Sunday, June 6, 3:30pm - Cinéma Ermitage de Fontainebleau