Twitter’s a funny place to find antiques, but sometimes you can stumble across a winner. This movie, for those slightly skewed souls who think The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari didn’t go quite far enough, is a winner.
Found on the twitter stream of the facinating OpenCulture site, which dedicates itself to seeking out such cultural treasures, the 1920 silent film A Page of Madness had been thought lost for fifty years, until it turned up in the director’s own warehouse in 1971.
Though the synopsis of the plot doesn’t really do justice to the movie — a retired sailor who works at an insane asylum to care after his wife who tried to kill their child — the visual audacity of Page is still startling today. The opening sequence rhythmically cuts between shots of a torrential downpour and gushing water before dissolving into a hallucinatorily odd scene of a young woman in a rhomboid headdress dancing in front of a massive spinning ball. The woman is, of course, an inmate at the asylum dressed in rags. As her dance becomes more and more frenzied, the film cuts faster and faster, using superimpositions, spinning cameras and just about every other trick in the book.
To pair with this amazing movie we’ve chosen the Midori Madness Cocktail, for reasons of nomenclature, yes, but also for reasons of cultural rhyme, as Midori is a melon liqueur from Japan. You may also make this with a lychee liqueur, in which case it will be slightly less sweet. I might also recommend mixing it up without ice and pouring it into a glass packed with crushed ice. Add a straw.
– 1 oz tequila – 1 oz vodka – 1 oz gin – 1 oz rum – 1 oz sour apple mix – 1 oz melon liqueur (midori, melloni…) – 1 oz orange liqueur (cointreau, grand marnier…) – 2 oz sweet and sour mix
Use a “Shaker” for Midori Madness drink recipe
Combine all ingredients (except sweet and sour mix) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Pour entire contents into a hurricane glass, top with sour mix and serve.
Serve in “Hurricane Glass”
Seriously guys, why the “scare” “quotes?”
Wear a black kimono and enjoy this previously-lost masterpiece of strangeness. Cheers!