(11/05/07) – Guy Maddin is one of the most deliriously imaginative directors around. The Winnipeg-born director, who directed the surreal features The Saddest Music in the World(2003) with Isabella Rossellini and Maria de Medeiros, Tales from the Gimly Hospital (1988) and Dracula, Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002), is known for his love of Weimar Republic German silent films and 1920s Soviet agit-prop. His films borrow heavily from the vintage style of that period and Maddin infuses it with a unique brand of post-Modern playfulness, His films involve bizarre stories and psychosexual situations (see Sissy Boy Slap Party), (1995, pictured) and dance around clichéd imagery with often unpredictable results. In short, he makes the most of the possibilities of the medium in terms of rhythm, texture and its own history to create a visual syllabus that is completely his own. A few of his short films are available on YouTube. Follow the links provided on the left and have fun.
If you like Surrealist cinema, watch out for the next book title coming out on Kamera Books, Dali, Surrealism and Cinema, by Elliott H. King.