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A Page of Madness

November 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Initiating a new film series curated by Termite Cinema in conjunction with Portland Free Philosophy Lectures, we are proud to present the classic 1926 silent horror film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa with a treatment written in collaboration with Nobel Prize winning author Yasunabi Kawabata. This surreal exploration of madness was filmed in an expressionistic manner reminiscent of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Showings in 1920s Japan would have included live narration by a storyteller or benshi (弁士) as well as musical accompaniment. The famous benshi Musei Tokugawa narrated the film at the Musashinokan theater in Shinjuku in Tokyo. In our presentation, we will begin with a short introduction in Japanese by Ian Garlington, with Haiku poems by Alexandra Tax, and live crowd sourced electronic musical accompaniment lead by Michael Sneathen and Guy Geduldig using freeware music programs on smart phones. Audience participation encouraged. Suggested phone apps include Jam Bandit, Droneo, Monovista, Ribbons & Synthscaper.


November 18, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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