Friday, April 29, 2011

Independent: Guy Maddin

Short on time this week, but I noticed that Guy Maddin's Twilight of the Ice Nymphs is now available on Netflx Watch Instantly.  Maddin is a wonderfully inventive visual stylist, and even when Twilight gets a little clunky in the narrative, it is always a pleasure to look at. 

So here are the Guy Maddin films currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (Guy Maddin, Canada, 1997, 92 minutes)
Netflix: En route to his mystical homeland, where the sun never sets, Peter falls in love with the stunning Juliana, only to lose sight of her upon their arrival. As Peter stays at his sister's farm, he discovers a dark connection to the object of his desire. Netflix link.

The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2003, 100 minutes)
Netflix: During the Great Depression, beer baroness Lady Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) offers a $25,000 prize to the composer who can write the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the globe travel to Winnipeg to vie for the cash, including a failed Broadway producer, a cellist just returned from postwar Serbia and a bereaved father wracked with guilt over the accidental amputation of the legs of his one true love. Netflix link.

My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2007, 79 minutes)
Netflix: Guy Maddin's dreamlike biographical documentary is part psychoanalysis and part historical study of Winnipeg, Canada, Maddin's hometown. Poetry serves as narration to explain how the city's idiosyncratic culture has influenced the director. From lyrical ramblings about how the denizens of Winnipeg exist in perpetual "sleep mode" to fanciful reenactments of scenes from Maddin's dysfunctional childhood, the film comprises a unique allegory of life. Netflix link.

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