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A Page of Madness


Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 2pm to 3:15pm


  • General Admission: $20.30
  • Concession and State Library Friends Members: $15.30

Price includes fees.


Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor

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  • Series
  • Movie
  • Silent Film Festival

A Page of Madness

(Kurutta Ichipeiji)

1926, 70 mins, with live music accompaniment.


A Page of Madness, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa and produced in Japan in the 1920s, is considered to be a touchstone piece of early avant-garde cinema, and is one of the most challenging and complex films of the era.

The film tells the story of a man (Masao Inoue) who becomes a janitor at a mental hospital to be closer to his estranged wife (Yoshie Nakagawa), a patient at the facility. The relationship between the husband, wife and daughter (Ayako Iijima) grows more and more complex, as the father loses track of what is real and what is imagined. Throughout the film, experimental cinematic techniques are utilised, such as rhythmic intercutting and impressionistic symbolism, to supersede naturalistic representation.


Live music accompaniment with Elizabeth Jigalin and Jane Aubourg.



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