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The Saddest Music in the World
In Depression-era Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness hosts a contest for the saddest music in the world, offering a grand prize of $25,000. Contestants flock in from around the globe. Representing America is Chester Kent, a theatre producer who thinks he's an American despite being Canadian; representing Serbia is his brother, Gavrilo the Great, who is succumbing to madness over the death of his son; and representing Canada is their father, a pathetic drunkard. As the competition builds toward its climax, these estranged characters are brought together to express their deep feelings of pain and ultimately give in to treachery.
Film #11 - *Part of the 30 Days / 30 Countries Letterboxd Challenge for May 2014: Canada*
..... I don't even know what to make of what I just saw. I think I'm supposed to like it? I mean listen to this premise: Set in Winnipeg in 1933 (claimed to be the "sorrow capital of the world"), an international music competition is held by the legless Lady Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) to determine the saddest music in the world - with a grand prize of 25 thousand "depression-era" dollars. There's Chester Kent (Mark McKinney) who's in love with her, which is the same girl his drunken father loves (David Fox). Chester has a jealous brother (Ross McMillan) with a wife (Maria…
''Sadness is just happiness turned on its ass.''
Guy Maddin is understandably not everybody's cup of bonox, but damn I get a buzz off his shtick! A unique premise of outlandish proportions is given a reverent 20's & 30's cinema treatment via experimental lens and editing style that surely only works in Maddin's crazy universe. A delightful romp that screams 'cult' film, but just falls short of my favourite Maddin so far - Brand Upon the Brain!
Guy Maddin is a revelation and perhaps a god, too.
"We don't know if he's in a coma or just very, very sad."
Why I watched this one? This was one of Roger Ebert's favorite movies of 2003.....so I finally checked it out.
What is this one about? During the Great Depression....a beer company sponsors a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
My thoughts on this one? Due to some serious football watching this weekend....I got behind in writing my movie reviews. That has actually benefited The Saddest Music In The World....because when I was watching this movie....I really really disliked it. However the time between watching the movie and writing about the movie has somehow made me think more positively about it.
In the late Roger Ebert's review of The Saddest Music in the World, he states, "You have never seen a film like this before, unless you have seen other films by Guy Maddin". Needless to say, I agree. Maddin is probably one of the more relentlessly inventive filmmakers of the modern era, and The Saddest Music in the World. Is one of his greats. Anyone familiar with his films like Brand Upon the Brain! or My Winnipeg knows that he has a fascination for the silent film aesthetic - particularly Soviet montage editing and Expressionist imagery - and implements them seamlessly in his films. Notable in this film is the intentionally grainy way it is shot, as well as the…
I felt basically the same about The Saddest Music in the World as I did about My Winnipeg. Good, not great. There are a lot of things to like, but it doesn't really feel like it works as a whole.
to be a perfect experience for me, male desires and male (ego-shit-) grieves where much too much in the centre of the film and the female feelings felt a bit superficial. Of course the film plays a lot with shallowness, but the male parts seemed to root in a truer and sadder core, while the female characters were more often and in a more cynical way victims of jokes or a cartoonish way of being portrayed.
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Another masterpiece by inimitable Canadian auteur Guy Maddin.
Of the Maddin films i've seen, this is by far the most satirically political, a pretty wry indictment of the theater/pornography of tragedy, as a contest to determine which culture has the saddest music is treated as a sporting event, where announcers talk over the acts and the entire thing is a scheme to sell beer; and american cultural appropriation, as we watch a slimy wannabe-american producer invite eliminated countries to join his act, which eventually becomes a hodgepodge of other cultures wrapped in glitzy, impersonal showtunes.
The overall story follows two brothers, one of whom is consumed by his sorrows, and the other who is perhaps destroyed by the complete repression…
This is a frequently humorous and constantly melodramatic look at the nature of sadness. Our main characters all live with immense grief, and they deal with it in drastically different ways. Their differences are brought to a head when they all compete in a global music tournament. The film has a fascinating surreal atmosphere, backed up by dreamlike visuals and a bizarre story. Not for you if you aren't a fan of self-conscious melodrama. If you are, sit back and let the weird wash over you.
"Autumn Song.", Poems Under Saturn
"If you feel sad and like beer, I'm your lady."
A tale of depression set in depression-era Winnipeg.
This time Canadian filmmaster Guy Maddin takes us back to his hometown to tell the story of a rich, legless woman who hosts a grand contest to find the saddest music in the world. Among the contestants are three members of the same family, a father and two sons, each with their own reason to win the prize and the love of the hostess. Throughout the film we see each of the characters side of the depressive story that connects them all, involving this hostess and how she came to lose her legs.
As is usual with Maddin, he takes on the…
I love Guy Maddin with all my heart. His style is unmatched. It's unlike anything you've ever seen. This film is an examination of grief that I'll never forget nor would I want to as this is one of the most disturbingly beautiful comedic trips down a nostalgic highway that I've never been down before and now I can't wait to travel down this way again with my dear friend, Guy Maddin.
"If you're sad, and like beer, I'm your lady."
I think it's a stretch to call any of Maddin's stuff accessible, even with a qualifier, but I'd agree that this is his most "conventional". Even so, his avant-garde style seems almost at odds with this kind of (relatively) straight-forward narrative, even if all his obsessions and fetishes come pouring out throughout. It's terrifically entertaining, though, and doesn't feel like as much of a chore as his earlier stuff.
I definitely think Maddin is a filmmaker constantly getting better, though. Both Brand Upon the Brain! and My Winnipeg are superior to this, and I'm excited to see what he'll do next.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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