A six-minute study of everything that can go wrong when Louis Negin and his Chippewa Sissy Boys try to graft the Three Stooges onto Kenneth Anger’s lilac bush. Originally conceived as a four-minute short accompanied by the world’s saddest music, this longer version takes a timeless look at some very human problems.
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
This is actually kind of brilliant that one can do so much with so little. Its less interesting perhaps that it can be read as a nasty joke on the idea of Deus Absconditus (except God has absconded to fetch a condom here). What's amazing is the perfect fusion of music and movement, of emotion and its deflation, of male hysteria and female resignation. BRILLIANT and seriously underrated.