The Saddest Music in the World ()

directed by Guy Maddin
featuring Mark McKinney, Isabella Rossellini, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan

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Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin directs The Saddest Music in the World, reworked from an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, the film involves a contest announced by the legless and glamorous Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rossellini) to find the saddest music in the world. She's hoping the contest will result in increased sales of her company's brand of beer. American theatrical producer Chester Kent (Mark McKinney) shows up to win the contest with his kooky show-business idea, ...

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mollybp

May 30, 2009

Weirdly amazing

If you've seen other Guy Maddin movies, then you pretty much know what you're in for...but if you don't, be prepared!

It's a bit of an understatement to say that this movie is "kooky". It's very darkly comic, tragic, even ridiculous at times, but marvelously so. Isabella Rossellini is amazing--as always--and Mark McKinney is a perfect character. He's totally unlikeable at first, and by the end, sympathy for him is elicited through Maddin's magic. The movie pokes good fun at the pretentiousness of art while somehow avoiding a didactic tone. This is a movie to own and watch over and over!

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