Castle of Wind and Clouds

Judith F. Rosenberg is well known to PFA audiences, who have appreciated her sensitive piano accompaniment for silent films for the last five years. She has been artist/lecturer and music director of the dance department at Mills College since 1973.

(Fuun-jo shi). This fine example of the jidai-geki (period drama) genre is a tale of treachery, conspiracy, and doomed love in a samurai clan. “The film is punctuated by long, lyrical intertitles and beautifully choreographed fight scenes. After the financial disaster of his independently produced experiment A Page of Madness, Teinosuke Kinugasa started making jidai-geki for Shochiku, which until then had specialized in contemporary gendai-geki appealing to its predominantly female audience. In 1927 Kinugasa launched the glittering screen career of Chojiro Hayashi, a new type of jidai-geki hero. Hayashi's screen persona was that of a bidanshi, a slim youth whose androgynous beauty rivaled the attractions of any female star without losing any masculine appeal. After Hayashi left Shochiku in 1937, he was to change his screen name to Kazuo Hasegawa. Castle of Wind and Clouds marked the beginning of the actor's lifelong working relationship with Kinugasa” (Mariann Lewinsky Farinelli, Pordenone Silent Film Festival 2001).

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