A sort-of musical set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win first place – a $25,000 prize.
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The Saddest Music in the WorldDirected byGuy Maddin
As a huge fan of 30s cinema, especially of the French Impressionist movement, I can't say I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Surprisingly, it also turned out to be a wonderful black comedy with a cast comprised almost entirely of assholes. The visual ideas, though too much at times, were a joy along with it's observations on how the world seems to turn around the USA despite the story taking place in Canada.
What an incredible work of art. The more I see from Maddin the I become impressed and enthralled with his artistic vision. The set design, the acting, the story, the cinematography, the editing were all wonderful and played off each other beautifully. Loved every waking moment of it, never a dull scene.
More like The Most Boring Music in the World. Hyuck hyuck. But seriously, this did not enthrall me the way My Winnipeg did. There were some moments, but Guy Maddin's artistic sensibilities really don't adapt themselves well to a traditional narrative. By the end all hell breaks loose and I'm not exactly sure which hell. I really wanted to like this one. Brand Upon the Brain and Archangels seem like more my cup a tea.
Une très belle découverte. Ce film est littéralement brillant:
- par son absolu originalité, tant au niveau esthétique que scénaristique; le montage et les mouvements de caméra sont impressionnants de maîtrise...
- par son humour contagieux: le film transpire la joie de faire du cinéma et le réalisateur ne se prend pas trop au sérieux; une bouffée d'air au milieu des films indé prétentieux au 1er degré plombant.
Les références au cinéma muet, au fantastique des années trente et au surréalisme sont mixées avec une virtuosité formelle étourdissante et un sens de l'humour décapant.
Un cocktail détonnant et jubilatoire !