In the weird and wonderful supercinematic world of Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin, personal memory collides with movie lore for a radical sensory overload. This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Maddin’s mad, imaginary childhood is a silent, black-and-white comic science-fiction nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Black Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Guy Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother. Originally mounted as a theatrical event (accompanied by live orchestra, Foley artists, and assorted narrators), Brand upon the Brain! is an irreverent, delirious trip into the mind of one of current cinema’s true eccentrics. —The Criterion Collection
Frequently referred to as “the Canadian David Lynch,” Winnipeg-born filmmaker Guy Maddin’s surreal, dreamlike works are often cited for their striking visuals and obscure sensibilities. Maddin’s father was a prominent hockey coach and manager, and his mother the proprietor of a local beauty shop, and both of his parents’ careers had a profound effect on the young filmmaker. Whether watching the teams practice at Winnipeg Arena or playing with his friends at his mother’s salon, Maddin’s unique take on everyday eccentricities was fueled by numerous unforgettable childhood experiences. Two of these, in particular, were a piggyback ride from Bing Crosby and the advancement of a common cold into an intense neurological disorder that resulted in strange physical sensations; these experiences gave the imaginative youngster an acute and unique view of the world. Childhood memories and stories passed on by his parents have frequently found their way into Maddin’s unique films as well, with the… read more
A wildly refreshing foray into one's subconscious mind through a stylized surrealistic imagery. The nightmarish atmosphere it creates,at times humorous and romantic yet terrifying still the same,coupled with the claustrophobic (predominant use of close-ups and tight spaces)/ eerie (the choice of location/props/shot angles etc.) mise-en-scène and Maddin's usual fast cutting will brand your imagination for days on end.
For this week's roundup on movies opening in theaters, let's start with the UK since Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll looks like it
The typical Guy Maddin film more often than not portrays at least one central character suffering from a form of mortification, the result
I had seen THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD before, but to be honest, I was not familiar with Guy Maddin’s overall world or work.
I suppose one could say that Maddin is entirely in love with silent… read review