Maddin’s enthusiasm for cinematic expression is infectious
Don’t miss this chance to hear from one of cinema’s most creative talents, the articulate, insightful, and wildly entertaining filmmaker from windy Winnipeg, Guy Maddin, who has gladly agreed to help us break in our new digs. A cinephile filmmaker, Maddin joins us for a weekend during which he will present a selection of his films, including his most recent, The Forbidden Room, alongside works that he admires from the history of cinema. He has selected a rare German silent, Lupu Pick’s dramatic tragedy Sylvester: New Year’s Eve, and the hilarious Sternberg/Dietrich spy comedy Dishonored, plus two shorts, the Quay Brothers’ remarkable Street of Crocodiles and Bill Morrison’s magical Light is Calling.
Maddin’s aesthetic has long been one that mines and reinterprets the stylistics of earlier periods such as Soviet Modernism and German Expressionism or film genre conventions such as melodrama, documentary, or the dance film, which he does with great flourish in Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary. Over the years, he has also been a great advocate for and friend of film archives, where he often does research, trolling for rare and unusual treasures. An essayist, teacher, and diehard cineaste, Maddin’s enthusiasm for cinematic expression is infectious.
Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator