Silent Film Screening of A Page of Madness and Live Piano Accompaniment by Gil Fray
January 26th, 8pm Free
"A Page of Madness" was produced in the mid-1920's in Japan and is considered a touchstone of avant-garde cinema. A retired sailor (Masao Inoue) becomes a custodian at a mental hospital to be closer to his estranged wife (Yoshie Nakagawa), one of the patients at the facility. Their daughter (Ayako Iijima) is soon to be married, but the father’s fear and pain surrounding his wife’s mental state—along with the reasons for her captivity—threaten the future happiness of the family. The Director utilizes flashbacks, rhythmic intercutting, and impressionistic symbolism, all without intertitles, to supersede naturalistic representation by visually inhabiting the emotional lives of the characters.
Gil has been an accompanist since high school and college, when he began with a Super 8 projector and a sheet. In 1980 he became Director of Art Ensemble, which presented an annual Halloween showing of Nosferatu. In addition, he has performed as solo accompanist for Nosferatu at PS 122 in New York City and "Phantom of the Opera" in Philadelphia. Gil has served as the accompanist for the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of Arts since 1974 as well as for its silent film productions since 1994. Gil has also recently presented silent film screenings at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Greensboro.