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The Weirdest Movie In The World

Topics: Popular Media | 4 CommentsBy admin | November 1, 2008

It’s at first strange to think, and then on reflection not all that surprising, that the screenplay for The Saddest Music in the World was written by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro seems to have a gift for capturing a distant or past reality that doesn’t actually exist. If you’re [...]

It’s at first strange to think, and then on reflection not all that surprising, that the screenplay for The Saddest Music in the World was written by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro seems to have a gift for capturing a distant or past reality that doesn’t actually exist. If you’re a film lover, director Guy Maddin’s treatment of the story is a joy. Shot in a variety of styles that range from 20′s/30′s American silent film to German expressionism to a sort of Lynchian absurdism, the film somehow remains cohesive and ends up capturing the feeling of a mid-twentieth century absurdist play. If you’re not a film lover, I almost wouldn’t recommend watching the film; a lot of what gives the movie its charm relies on its quirky nods to established older styles of filmmaking. Isabella Rossellini (who still doesn’t know she is my secret wife) is cast cleverly in one of the stranger roles of her career. As a director, it’s hard to lay claim to this sort of thing when your lead has been in David Lynch films like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, but I think Maddin managed to take her almost as far as she takes herself. And she takes herself pretty far, as you know if you saw her Green Porno (NSFW if you’re a bug) shorts of a few years ago.

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  1. Posted by curmudgeon on 11.02.08 11:56 am

    Glad you enjoyed it, meatbag. Where does one find bug porno?!?

  2. Posted by admin on 11.02.08 12:22 pm

    While I must agree we’re all made of meat, I’d prefer you refrain from referring to me as “meatbag”, curmudgeon. The phrase always reminds me of German food for some reason. And regarding Bug Porno, I already provided the Green Porno link, but maybe you’d enjoy the praying mantis version more. Here’s Isabella’s entire collection, if you’re interested.

  3. Posted by Dojo Nick on 11.03.08 11:41 pm

    Jeez. According to starwars.wikia.com, “A meatbag was slang for an organic being used by droids.” Does curmedgeon fancy himself (itself?) a droid? I guess dressing up as c3po and not getting laid for years can loosen one’s grip on reality.

  4. Posted by admin on 11.06.08 2:07 am

    Hmmm. I’ve never dressed up as c3po, but I’ve got the “not getting laid for years” part covered, and I can affirm your suspicion that this will loosen one’s grip (heh, I said “grip”) on reality…