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As evidenced in his comparatively luxuriously budgeted The Saddest Music in the World , which starred Isabella Rossellini as an amputee beer baroness, Maddin favors primitivism, melodrama and the haunting artifice of early cinema, while complicating cosy nostalgia with frenzied editing, anachronisms and bizarre, highly neurotic subject matter.
His personal life is often an inspiration, but distorted and absurdly mythologized through the morbid imaginations of Maddin himself and longtime writing partner George Toles.
Like Cowards Bend the Knee — a love triangle involving abortion and obsession, hockey and hand transplants — it features a protagonist named Guy Maddin and is riddled with guilt, fearful slips into shadowy memories and unresolved confusion over desire and identity, all played out on an island of orphans driven to emancipation by a hot teenage detective. Stop Smiling: An unusual and complicated strain of autobiography runs through your work. Why so many characters named Guy?
All I can go by is what I myself would do in a certain situation.
WILLIAM STRAW / Interview with Guy Maddin
Read the complete interview excerpt May 24, Michael rated it it was amazing. Maddin possesses a singular ability to tell stories in his films, as a disembodied radio-like voice in the "documentary" this book expands on, and here on the page, that conjure and recall, twist and reclaim memories. It's so impressive on its own I'd say anyone could probably enjoy the book separate from the movie, but then you'd go through life without having seen My Winnipeg, and what good would that be? Oct 01, Brandon rated it it was amazing.
If the amazing film and its accompanying blu-ray shorts, interviews and extras aren't enough of Maddin-on-Winnipeg - and they're not! I didn't need some of the mythmaking addenda by Maddin collaborators, but this book is pretty excellent. Here's hoping a Forbidden Room companion book comes next. Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Winnipeg. Ricky rated it really liked it Jan 13, Juneyo rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Droptoons rated it it was amazing Jan 18, Somebody kept waking me up.
I felt no love for the movie before, during or after.
Guy Maddin's 'My Winnipeg' takes him home
I felt like I was part of a sleep-deprivation experiment. Dreams, and Freudian nightmare, have always been part of the Maddin experience. Whether or not Mrs. Part of the inspiration for making the film, Mr. Gurdebeke said, was Mr. At first. Gurdebeke said, referring to Guide Maddin.
Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg (Canadian Cinema)
He was trying to find a style. Maddin credits Mr. Gurdebeke with goading him into being more personal than he might have been. As there are similar themes in both films — geography, upbringing, racial heritage and unreliable narrators — it may go some way towards explaining why Maddin chose to use the same technique. Both von Trier and Maddin are directors who mythologise locations, both real and fictional, revealing hidden stories and meta-narratives behind them. Gimli Hospital adds a surrealist Icelandic history of bizarre rituals to the tale of third-generation Manitobans. Archangel is about a Russian settlement in the Arctic that is still fighting The Great War after it has ended as no one bothered to tell the inhabitants.
Elsewhere, Maddin casts a film noir actress — Ann Savage — as his own mother and links the role with the history of both his own cinema and the medium in general by telling the story of her involvement in home movies shot in their front room.