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20 Ratings


Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Canada, 2014
Avant-Garde, Short


Maddin’s frequent collaborator Evan Johnson (who is co-director on The Forbidden Room) presents four visuals essays, ranging from one and a half to four minutes in length: Puberty, Colours, Elms, and Cold, each representing a visual exploration of a specific theme.

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Elms Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

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  • Egoisms's rating of the film Elms

    "A city blighted by these sickly trees is a city that dreams too much, and lives too little." Like David Lynch's "Boat", "Elms" is an eccentric passion project. Madden might be parodying poetic imagism, first, by having the narrator imitate the stilted diction of text-to-speech software (so precise it's comic & inhuman), & second, by employing correct though purple prose. He may be parodying himself, a surrealist.

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