A Page of Madness ★★★★½

Saw this film mentioned in the excellent "Story of Film" documentary and was able to find a decent quality torrent of a TCM airing. Even though the 58-minute version is incomplete and none of the dialogue has been translated, it's hard not to be absolutely astonished at the level director Teinosuke Kinugasa was operating at. It's almost inconceivable that this movie was shot in the very early days of Japanese cinema (1926) given the shot composition, special effects, and editing. You may not get the full gist of what's going on (read the Wikipedia page on the movie for a bit of a heads up before diving in, if you wish), but boy is this beautiful and evocative and way, way, way ahead of its time. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that Kinugasa worked with legendary Yusanari Kawabata on the screenplay.

I sincerely hope that "A Page of Madness" (狂った一頁, Kurutta Ippēji or Kurutta Ichipeiji) receives a grand Blu-Ray treatment with a full version of the film and interstitial dialogue cards. It deserves it.

(It should be noted that the score that accompanied the version I saw was fantastic.)