June 20, 2008 |
Guy Maddin calls his "My Winnipeg" a "docu-fantasia," and there's no reason not to take him at his word. This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, singular, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would have even wanted to make. Which is the heart of its appeal. Maddin, an alternative cinema legend for one-of-a-kind films like "The Saddest Music in the World" and "Brand Upon the Brain!
June 7, 2007 |
GUY MADDIN'S "Brand Upon the Brain!" is arriving in Los Angeles this weekend, but don't imagine that just another film is showing up. It's more like the circus is coming to town. And a very weird circus at that. "A one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacle!" scream the heroically retro print ads for the live-action-and-film extravaganza at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from Friday to Monday night, adding, as if it were necessary, "You'll never see anything like it again!"
February 25, 2007 |
THE UCLA Film and Television Archive has long wanted to audiences to know just how rich and diverse a collection it is. "Even though we program throughout the year, we hardly even tap the depth of the collection," says Cheng-Sim Lim, co-head of exhibitions and public programs at the archive. "We are constantly surprised by what we have in the collection."
January 20, 2005 |
After quietly reopening Santa Monica's much-loved Aero Theater on Montana Avenue two weeks ago, the American Cinematheque now presents its first series -- "Like a Waking Dream: An In-Person Tribute to Director Guy Maddin" -- at its newest venue. It's safe to say that as one of the last neighborhood theaters in the Los Angeles area, the Aero in its 60-plus years has never screened anything like a Maddin movie. But then there isn't anything like a Maddin movie, period.
May 16, 2004 |
One of the more rarefied of modern movie magicians, Canadian director Guy Maddin passed through Sundance Film Festival in January to present his feature "The Saddest Music in the World." Now 44, Maddin, who lives and works out of his native Winnipeg, makes richly stylized, weirdly touching, often deviously funny movies filled with smoke and mirrors and allusions to cinematic fever dreams long past. (Among his influences: Luis Bunuel, Josef Von Sternberg and Frank Borzage.
May 7, 2004 |
Wrapped in a nimbus of nostalgia and reclaimed glamour, the films of Guy Maddin look like movies I should have seen in childhood (but didn't), when I basked in the light of my family's TV. Well into the 1970s, New York City television offered up an astonishing array of old movies that, while often shown in battered and nearly transparent prints, opened up worlds of wonder.