In a stunning collaboration with avant-garde filmmaker Guy Maddin, Isabella Rossellini celebrates the life and work of her father, director Roberto Rossellini on the 100th anniversary of his birth. With daring and humor, she assumes the roles of her father, her mother, Ingrid Bergman, and motion picture icons David O. Selznick, Fellini, Hitchcock, and Charlie Chaplin. Rossellini failed to save the world with cinema, as he hoped. But he may have saved cinema for the world.
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
The brazen artifice of this 'documentary' homage to man who quested for knowledge and reality does not reduce its earnestness, if anything heightens it. What I find most moving is how Rossellini gets transformed into a mother figure, a large pregnant looking belly while Isabella plays all the other roles.
The typical Guy Maddin film more often than not portrays at least one central character suffering from a form of mortification, the result