Viewport width =
July 17, 2006 | by  | in Film |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

If you’re sad, and like beer, I’m your lady.” The tagline seductively enticed me. This is the first film that introduced me to director Guy Maddin, whose array of spectacular films is inspired by 1920’s German Expressionism, and silent film era. His work reminds me of Tim Burton’s – not only by the visual style, but the black-humour, and out of the ordinary tales, although I prefer Maddin as his films exude sophistication.

The Saddest Music in the World pic. The Saddest Music in the World is a dreamy film. The setting was laden with sodden snow. Combined with the surreal quality of old silent films it creates blurry edges and muffled dialogue, which made me feel as if I was drowning in the movie. Which is a good thing! Set in the Great Depression, Lady Helen Port-Huntley (played by the timeless Isabella Rossellini) launches an international competition to find which nation makes the saddest music, with the grand prize of $25,000 (hey, money was scarce and it was the 20s…gosh). Yes, this film sounds pretty straight-forward, however did I mention functional beer-filled prosthetic legs made out of glass, and an insane scene (wait, there are many) reminiscent of the botched job Dr. Phil made in Scary Movie 3.

Maddin’s films are definitely worth checking out, and The Saddest Music in the World is a perfect start. Search it out at your local DVD store, and be immersed in the delicious flavour of the 20s in this visually classic yet modern film.

Directed by GUY MADDIN

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. An (im)possible dream: Living Wage for Vic Books
  2. Salient and VUW tussle over Official Information Act requests
  3. One Ocean
  4. Orphanage voluntourism a harmful exercise
  5. Interview with Grayson Gilmour
  6. Political Round Up
  7. A Town Like Alice — Nevil Shute
  8. Presidential Address
  9. Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag?
  10. Sport
1

Editor's Pick

In Which a Boy Leaves

: - SPONSORED - I’ve always been a fairly lucky kid. I essentially lucked out at birth, being born white, male, heterosexual, to a well off family. My life was never going to be particularly hard. And so my tale begins, with another stroke of sheer luck. After my girlfriend sugge