Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Saddest Music In The World

Guy Maddin manages to tell this bizarre and comical story in a totally fresh way that keeps you mesmorized throughout.

Considered to be "The Canadian David Lynch" by some critics, Maddin readily admits to being heavily influenced by the surreal filmmaker.

"The Saddest Music In The World," though bizarre, surreal, and somewhat dark is an extremely fun and even riveting watch unlike much of Lynch's films.

Maddin has what seems to be more than just a love for the silent film era (which he pays homage to here - though it's not a silent film). It's more like an obsession. And he mixes just the the right amount of stylistic skill, personality, and dramatic absurdity while thankfully avoiding any kind of the adoring reverence and stuffiness that other obsessed filmmakers pour into their homages of days gone by (yes, the poster of the movie displays two glass legs filled with Port Huntley beer which figure prominently in the story).

One of the most enjoyable movies I've watched this year.


Blogger Bryan Summers said...

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Very funny stuff indeed. I almost missed this and I'm glad I didn't.

11:13 PM  

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